Classic aromas of Sagrantino are Black Cherry, Blackberry, Black Plums and Liquorice
Known to many in the wine world as one of the most tannic grape varietals in the world. It is the red grape varietal known for its perfumed, and highly tannic, wines of Umbria. Without the help of Marco Caprai, though, would anyone in the world know what Sagrantino is without his work to bring it back from the verge of extinction. His constant campaigning led to the eventual DOC status, and acclaim for said wines, of the Montefalco region in 1979. Montefalco Sagrantino was then promoted further to DOCG status in 1992.
Although Montefalco DOCG is the most important and influential in the ways of Sagrantino, the surrounding sub-regions of Bevagna, Gualdo Cattaneo, Castel Ritaldi and Giano also plant it extensively. Within the DOCG the wines are allowed up to 15% Sangiovese to help bring acidity to the wines. This said the fair majority of wines made under the appellation are 100% Sagrantino in order to showcase it’s power.
Sagrantino produces wines that are rich and voluptuous that are rich in black fruit flavours. Black cherry, mulberry, blackberry and dried currants lead the way. The tannins can be harsh but the top producers will use perfectly ripe grapes which lead to sultry smooth tannins. Due to the high tannin content, Sagrantino is the perfect candidate for extended oak ageing. This leads to many smoky oak aromatics found in these wines, such as: vanilla bean, dried herbs, baking spices and a deep caramel.