Scacciadiavoli Sagrantino di Montefalco 2011 Front Label
Scacciadiavoli Sagrantino di Montefalco 2011 Front Label

Scacciadiavoli Sagrantino di Montefalco 2011

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Winemaker Notes

#66 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2017

Intense color, with garnet hues. Complex aromas with elegant, intense fruit, and notes of red berries, red citrus, ripe plums, spices, and hints of herbs and leather. Perfect with roasted meat and game. Pairs well with aged cheeses, both spicy and herbal. Big and tannic, but balanced with fresh acidity long fruity and spicy finish.

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This finely balanced Sagrantino layers creamy tannins with a pretty array of raspberry ganache, fig cake and dried sage flavors, accented by aromatic hints of rose petal and spice. Elegant and lightly juicy, with a subtle mineral streak that gains momentum on the finish. Drink now through 2027.
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Azienda Agraria Scacciadiavoli

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Azienda Agraria Scacciadiavoli, Italy
The Scacciadiavoli wine estate is one of the most ancient wine production estates of the “Montefalco” zone. The name Scacciadiavoli (Devil banisher), derives from an exorcism carried out here in the XVII century, as described by Johannes de Rupescissa in a treatise on quintessence. The episode involved a young woman possessed by the devil, who was made to drink some of the local red wine by the exorcist, which succeeded in driving away the devils. The hamlet has been named after this historic event and is today called “Scacciadiavoli” In the mid XIX century, Prince Ugo Boncompagni commissioned the building of wine production cellars which are still in efficient working order today, and due to the large size of these cellars it took the name of “Localita Cantinone” (Large cellar area). In the mid 20th century, the grandfather of the current owners, Amilcare Pambuffetti, purchased the estate, which extends over a surface area of 130 ha, 20 ha of which given over to grapes. The estate produces the typical types: Montefalco Sagrantino 11 ha, Montefalco Rosso 5 ha, Grechetto 3 ha. An architectural and functional renovation project is currently underway of the “Cantinone” premises, involving both the reconversion and expansion of the vine growing area, aimed at improving the quality standards of the production of the “Montefalco Sagrantino” and the “Montefalco Rosso” varieties. The Pambuffetti brothers are optimistic that thanks to the potential of the land and the micro-climatic conditions, the Scacciadiavoli Estate, is sure to reach its objectives, with the collaboration of highly experiences agronomists and oenologists also. This optimism and conviction is also aptly expressed in the motto “Sola Fides” embossed on the coat of arms, positioned at the front of the cellars.
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Centered upon the lush Apennine Range in the center if the Italian peninsula, Umbria is one of the few completely landlocked regions in Italy. It’s star red grape variety, Sagrantino, finds its mecca around the striking, hilltop village of Montefalco. The resulting wine, Sagrantino di Montefalco, is an age-worthy, brawny, brambly red, bursting with jammy, blackberry fruit and earthy, pine forest aromas. By law this classified wine has to be aged over three years before it can be released from the winery and Sagrantino often needs a good 5-10 more years in bottle before it reaches its peak. Incidentally these wines often fall under the radar in the scene of high-end, age-begging, Italian reds, giving them an almost cult-classic appeal. They are undoubtedly worth the wait!

Rosso di Montefalco, on the other had, is composed mainly of Sangiovese and is a more fruit-driven, quaffable wine to enjoy while waiting for the Sagrantinos to mellow out.

Among its green mountains, perched upon a high cliff in the province of Terni, sits the town of Orvieto. Orvieto, the wine, is a blend of at least 60% Trebbiano in combination with Grechetto, with the possible addition of other local white varieties. Orvieto is the center of Umbria’s white wine production—and anchor of the region’s entire wine scene—producing over two thirds of Umbria’s wine. A great Orvieto will have clean aromas and flavors of green apple, melon and citrus, and have a crisp, mineral-dominant finish.

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Known for dark and dense red wines, Sagrantino is a grape unique to Umbria. The best examples come from the clay, sand and limestone soils around the village of Montefalco. Since Sagrantino grapes have a high level of tannins, law requires Sagrantino di Montefalco age at least 30 months before release to market. Sagrantino often benefits from further aging—though look to those labeled Rosso di Montefalco for early drinking Sagrantino-Sangiovese blends. Somm Secret—Sagrantino contains some of the highest polyphenol (antioxidant) levels compared to other red wine grapes.

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