Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG, Umbria, central Italy; 14% ABV
$11 at the Berkeley, CA store on 9 July. I’m pretty sure I’ve also seen it at Richmond.
This is another wine that’s been around for a while, but it took me that long to realize it was a different vintage from the 2007 Lim13 and I liked earlier (more about Sagrantino di Montefalco there). However, one plus from this delay is that I can be more certain that the long airing time I prescribe is not the result of bottle shock from transit. 🙂
This wine didn’t seem to have all that much going for it until after about three hours in a decanter. Then, it erupted with intense, dark ripe fruits of cherry, plum and maybe blackberry, strawberry jam, rose petals, and a little prune, with a tannic finish. This wine easily surpasses the 2007 in both power and finesse, if not necessarily in complexity, and probably has another couple years of life in it. Still, I’ll add a small warning that you must appreciate the earthy fruit and tangy acid of Italian wines in order to enjoy this one. Although I say “jam,” this wine is not “jammy;” it is a force to be reckoned with.