The Sagrantino grape variety is indigenous to the Umbria region of Italy. This grape variety is primarily grown in the area close to the village of Montefalco, and has only 250 acres dedicated to Sagrantino. Because of the low production, this wine is not widely known outside of Italy. It characteristically is a very dark colored grape, with high tannin levels.
In opening the bottle, I decanted it and allowed it to open up for well over an hour. In the decanter the color of this wine was a deep, dark inky purple. This was an aromatic wine, with aromas of cherries, blackberries, red berries, licorice and spice, with a hint of earthiness. The flavor profile was of dark cherries, blackberries, raspberries, licorice, leather, spice, earthiness, and a touch of herbs. The tannins were strong and firm, and yet the wine was medium-bodied, with a medium finish of spice and fruit. This was an exceptional wine, and I paired it with fire-grilled rib eye steaks, and they complimented one another well. Find this wine, and when you do, enjoy its complexity and depth.