Poor Umbria: For such a breathtaking part of Italy, it is still too often overlooked. This may be the one bad thing about having Tuscany as a neighbor. But for fans of the wines of this region, it is a place with no shortage of interesting, food-friendly bottlings that, despite their occasional lack of familiarity, have the potential to be utterly remarkable.
And this one--Sagrantino di Montefalco, or Montefalco Sagrantino (you’ll see both on labels)--is among my favorite reds from Umbria. It’s produced from Sagrantino, a grape variety that grows almost exclusively in the environs of Montefalco. You may have to search for them, but these wines are stellar, and well worth the effort.
Azienda Agraria Scacciadiavoli Montefalco Sagrantino 2005
High-toned aromatics of leather, mahogany, dark and drying cherries, sweet baking spices, mineral, and raspberry creme evolve to flavors of vivid cherry, dried flowers, and tobacco, all of them lifted by persistent acidity and a perfect sense of balance. Drink this beauty now: It’s at its peak. Average Price: $36.00