iTALY'S NEXT GOLDEN DENOMINAZIONE?
Umbria is a land unto itself, the only Italian region that borders neither the sea nor another country. Removed from outside influences, it has kept alive many of Italy's old-world traditions. You'll see grandmothers in aprons making pasta by hand and front doors that haven't been locked in a century. Sagrantino is the most coveted varietal. Merlot thrives in Umbria and only Bordeaux crafts a better one.Sangiovese and Montepulciano are widely used in the blending..
2015 NAPO'S UMBRIA ROSSO $13
A RED BLEND OF SANGIONVESE SUPPORTED BY SAGRANTINO, CILIEGIOLO, MERLOT, AND MONTEPULCIANO FROM THE AREA OF MONTEFALCO IN UMBRIA. THERE'S A LOT OF RICH RED FRUIT UP FRONT, BUT THEN THAT TURNS INTO A RUSTIC SPICY MID PALATE THAT TRANSITIONS TO WOOD SMOKE AND DRY TANNIN. GREAT WITH PIZZA OR SPAGHETTI IN MEAT SAUCE.
2015 NAPO'S MONTEFALCO ROSSO $15
60% SANGIOVESE, 20% SAGRANTINO, 10% MONTEPULCIANO, 10% MERLOT. MEDIUM-BODIED WITH RED AND BLACK FRUIT FLAVORS, GOOD TANNIN STRUCTURE,UN FILTERED. TRY THIS WITH SAUSAGES, GAME BIRDS AND HARD CHEESE.
2015 PEPPUCCI "PETRORO 4" TODI ROSSO $15
Petroro 4 is packed with a rich fruit driven character, and very good balance.80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
2014 leonucci "montignanello" $23
Just south of Montefalco, the estate of Stefano Leonucci covers 70 hectares of land near Montignano, of which 10 hectares are vineyards. They have been cultivated by the family since 1964. Today, 8.5 hectares are planted with Sagrantino and the rest with Merlot and an ancient grape called Lugliolo. Here Stefano and his oenologist, Maurilio Chicoccia, have freed themselves from any appellation to make limited quantities of his flagship “vino da tavola”, which is anything but.
2014 antonelli rosso di montefalco $25
A blend of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 15% Merlot delivers succulent black cherry, crushed plum, black pepper, grilled herb and mocha flavors alongside firm but velvety tannins.