This past Tuesday evening I attended a night tasting run by the Montefalco Consortium featuring wines of Sangratino from the village of Montefalco and surrounding areas in Umbria Italy. The event was held at Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria located on 53 Great Jones Street.
The grape of Sagratino is a small production grape varietal that received its DOCG status in 1991. The wines labeled Sangratino di Montefalco (DOCG) are 100% Sagratino while the wines labeled “Rosso” (DOC) are 60-70% Sangiovese with about 15% Sagratino and the rest other grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, etc.)
Some of the wines I tried included: The 2007 & 2008 Colpetrone Sangratino di Montefalco, The 2005, 2006 & 2007 Arquata Sagratino di Montefalco, the 2006 Perticaia Sagratino di Montefalco, the 2005 Antonelli Sagritino di Montefalco, and the 2008 Antonelli Montefalco Rosso
These wines were inky-black, dense and chewy with a mouthfeel that reminded me of a good Amarone or a jammy Cali Zinfandel. I thought the younger wines tasted green and grapey while the older ones meshed together with flavors of wet leather, damp earth, meat and herbs such as rosemary and thyme. Very bold wines.