Sagrantino of Montefalco
The best food and wine combinations

To fully understand what are the best combinations between food and wine, you must first know the specific characteristics of the wine in question: it is precisely on the basis of these that the success or failure of a food and wine combination is determined.
So to find out what are the best combinations with Sagrantino di Montefalco, let's take a few minutes to study and learn about this important Umbrian wine.

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Sagrantino di Montefalco is the result of a long aging: according to the disciplinary it must be at least 33 months, of which at least 12 in oak barriques, which must then be followed by another 4 months of bottle aging before being marketed.
The wine obtained is certainly a thick, full-bodied, alcoholic and tannic wine.
The tannins, in particular, are not harsh and pungent, but are rounded and softened by the long aging.
The alcohol content is very important: according to the specification it must be at least 13 °.

The aroma is intensely fruity, in which hints of blackberries, plums, blueberries and black cherries stand out. There is also a floral note of violet. The long maturation, which also occurs in wood, gives the wine interesting notes of spicy essences, in particular of star anise, but also of licorice, vanilla, tobacco, leather, chocolate, cloves, cinnamon and coffee. A balsamic aromatic component is also perceptible, in which menthol and eucalyptus stand out.
A wine with such body and structure and such richness of aromas should be served at a temperature of 18 ° and needs to oxygenate very slowly.

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The ideal match for a wine of this type is certainly represented by meats, mainly red: it is excellent with roasts, stews and braised meats. In these preparations, even combinations with white meats and game are not to be underestimated.

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But meat is not the only ideal companion for Sagrantino di Montefalco: tradition sees it as the perfect accompaniment to rich legume and cereal soups and dishes based on another great Umbrian excellence, the truffle.
It also goes perfectly with long-aged cheeses.

However, Sagrantino di Montefalco is not just a successful pairing for some dishes. In fact, it can be the protagonist, as happens in many traditional Umbrian recipes: braised beef with Sagrantino, Sagrantino fillet with porcini, gnocchi or pappardelle with Sagrantino, woodcock with Sagrantino ... just to name a few.

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