Montefalco Wines
Sagrantino or Rosso: what differences

Sagrantino di Montefalco and Rosso di Montefalco are certainly the most important red wines of Umbria.
For the "non-experts", for those who are not very prepared in this field, the names of these two wines could be misleading, they could even suggest that we are talking about the same wine that can be indicated with two different names - is not a random example, unfortunately it really happens.
In reality Sagrantino di Montefalco and Rosso di Montefalco are two totally different wines and here we want to show you why, by presenting two short summary sheets with the main characteristics of each, so as to make you immediately notice the differences.

bold: (|Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG)
• Sagrantino di Montefalco enjoys the bold designation: (| DOCG), Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin since 1992, which replaced the 1979 DOC.

• The blend with which the wine is produced is composed of bold: (| 100% from Sagrantino grapes), native vine of a specific area of ​​Umbria, in the province of Perugia, distributed between the municipalities of Montefalco, Bevagna, Gualdo Cattaneo , Giano dell'Umbria and Castel Ritaldi.

• The period of bold: (| aging) of Sagrantino di Montefalco is rather bold: (| long). According to the disciplinary, this wine must mature at least 33 months, of which at least 12 in oak barriques; This is followed by another 4 months of bottle aging before being marketed.

• Always according to the disciplinary, the bold: (| minimum alcohol content) of Sagrantino must be at least 13 °.
• bold: (| The color) of Sagrantino di Montefalco is a very dark, purplish ruby ​​red, which tends to garnet with aging.

• bold: (|The aroma) is intensely fruity: hints of blackberries, black cherries, blueberries and plums stand out. It has a floral note of violet. The aging in wood, then, enriches the aroma of Sagrantino with hints of vanilla, tobacco, leather, chocolate, coffee and spices, such as cloves, cinnamon and star anise. There is also a balsamic note of menthol and eucalyptus.

• bold: (|In the mouth) Sagrantino di Montefalco is tannic, but with a non-pungent tannin, rather rounded by long aging and full-bodied.

bold: (|Rosso di Montefalco DOC)

• Rosso di Montefalco enjoys the recognition of the bold designation: (| DOC), Controlled Designation of Origin, since 1979.

• bold: (|The production) of this wine involves the use of several grapes, in the percentages established by the specification: Sangiovese grapes from 60 to 70%; Sagrantino grapes from 10 to 15%; other red grapes can also contribute to the production of Rosso di Montefalco for a maximum percentage of 30%, as long as they are vines from the Umbrian territory and authorized according to the regulations of the disciplinary - Merlot is often used.
The production area is however the same as that of Sagrantino.

• Rosso di Montefalco cannot be placed on the market unless it has undergone a mandatory period of at least 18 months. In the case of the “Riserva” version, this period is extended to at least 30 months, of which at least 12 in oak barriques.

• bold: (|The minimum alcohol content) of Rosso di Montefalco is 12 °.

• bold: (|The color) of this wine is an intense, full and brilliant ruby ​​red, with violet reflections.

• bold: (|The scent) is fruity: notes of blackberry, raspberry and cherry stand out. The floral scents are reminiscent of wildflowers. There is no shortage of spicy aromas, in particular vanilla, nutmeg and black pepper.

• bold: (|On the palate) it is full and full-bodied, balanced and fresh, dry but in a rather soft way.

So bold: (|summing up): although originating from the same geographical area, Sagrantino and Rosso di Montefalco are two different wines in many respects.
Sagrantino di Montefalco is perhaps more “demanding” and complex: the mere presence of Sagrantino grapes can be clearly perceived by its power, by its alcohol content which often reaches 14.5 °; from its body and its tannins, softened and rounded, however, by the long aging. Precisely this long maturation and its organoleptic characteristics make it a very long-lived wine and therefore very interesting to taste even after further aging.

Thanks to the extraordinary qualities of the Sagrantino grape and always thanks to the long maturation, this wine releases a huge range of aromas and aromas, making the tasting engaging and fascinating.

The Rosso di Montefalco, on the other hand, is the one that is easier to drink: the characteristic notes of the Sagrantino grapes are dampened by the presence of high percentages of Sangiovese and other vines, thus making it an "easier" wine, with more perfumes and aromas. delicate, full-bodied, fresh, softer than Sagrantino, pleasant and captivating.

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