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Montefalco Rosso - Anteprima Sagrantino

08 Nov 2023


Montefalco the RoomRosso is an exciting category. It is the most approachable wine of the area. The wines are dominated by Sangiovese, Merlot and Sagrantino blends - with the lesser grape being Sangrantino; and no longer mentioned on the label, to elevate Sagrantino and protect it.

Sometimes winemakers stray from the norm and insert such grapes as Montepulciano, Barbera, Refosco or Tannat. The first three on that list are for those purists who want to keep the blend more indigenous, which also makes for a more interesting wine.

Rosso are the wines ready to drink now, while you wait for the Sagrantino to mellow – although a well-made Rosso can still be a ten year lie down. 36 wines were tried, 27 made my list - a 75% success rate, one of the highest ratios of any of the Montefalco tastings, even more impressive, better than a third were rated "better". This is truly a very exciting time for Montefalco Rosso.

Bocale 2020 Montefalco Rosso DOC ... (Better)
Cocco Ilaria 2018 Montefalco Rosso DOC - Camorata ... (Better)
Colpetrone 2020 Montefalco Rosso DOC ... (Better)
Dionigi 2019 Montefalco Rosso DOC ... (Better)
Fattoria Colsanto 2019 Montefalco Rosso DOC ... (Better)
Le Cimate 2019 Montefalco Rosso DOC ... (Better)
Luca di Tomaso 2019 Montefalco Rosso DOC ... (Better)
Moretti Omero 2020 Montefalco Rosso DOC ... (Better)
Tenute Lunelli - Tenuta Castelbuono 2020 Montefalco Rosso DOC - Ziggurat ... (Better)
Terre de' Trinci 2020 Montefalco Rosso DOC ... (Better)
Valdangius 2018 Montefalco Rosso DOC - Pippinello ... (Better)

Arnaldo Caprai 2021 Montefalco Rosso DOC ... (Good)
Arnaldo Caprai 2021 Montefalco Rosso DOC - Vigna Flaminia Maremmana ... (Good)
Colle Ciocco 2019 Montefalco Rosso DOC ... (Good)
Di Filippo 2020 Montefalco Rosso DOC ... (Good)
Goretti - Fattoria le Mura Saracene 2020 Montefalco Rosso DOC ... (Good)
La Fonte 2019 Montefalco Rosso DOC - Collefreddo ... (Good)
Montioni 2019 Montefalco Rosso DOC ... (Good)
Tenuta Bellafonte 2020 Montefalco Rosso DOC - Pomontino ... (Good)
Tenuta di Saragano 2017 Montefalco Rosso DOC - Saragano ... (Good)
Tenute Baldo 2020 Montefalco Rosso DOC - Volo del Falco ... (Good)

Adanti 2018 Montefalco Rosso DOC ... (OK)
Antonelli 2020 Montefalco Rosso DOC ... (OK)
Benedetti & Grigi 2019 Montefalco Rosso DOC - Attunis ... (OK)
Romanelli 2019 Montefalco Rosso DOC - Capo de Casa ... (OK)
Scacciadiavoli 2020 Montefalco Rosso DOC ... (OK)
Tudernum 2020 Montefalco Rosso DOC - Fidenzio ... (OK)

Rosso Riserva Montefalco

I wish I could say the name for the reserve a category. For the most part, this is an underachieving category full of over-oaked and uninspiring wines. These are wines pulled out of Rosso or Sagrantino production ... They might want to think about losing this category, or creating something more exciting with it ... "Cru" (or single vineyard / field blends) grade wines might be an option.

Tasted 17 of these wines, one received a best of category, the rest. Good-to-okay. There are only seven wines on this list. The lowest ratio of tasted to scored.

Tenuta di Saragano 2017 Montefalco Rosso Riserva DOC
-- There's some real complexity here that is not all wood derived - the spice and fruit play nicely on the long finish and there is age-ability of 5-10 years ... (Best)

Adanti 2016 Montefalco Rosso Riserva DOC   ... (Good)
Moretti Omero 2018 Montefalco Rosso Riserva DOC - Faccia Tosta  ... (Good)
Perticaia 2018 Montefalco Rosso Riserva DOC   ... (Good)
Tenute Lunelli - Tenuta Castelbuono 2019 Montefalco Rosso Riserva DOC - Lampante  ... (Good)

Romanelli 2018 Montefalco Rosso Riserva DOC - Molinetta  ... (OK)
Valdangius 2018 Montefalco Rosso Riserva DOC   ... (OK)


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