2009 Terre de' Trinci "Ugolino" Sagrantino di Montefalco (Previously $39)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/22/2017 | Send Email
Umbria, Italy’s only land-locked region, has always played second fiddle to Tuscany. The countryside is very similar but because it’s less crowded with tourists one might even say it’s better. For years the region’s most famous wine was Orvieto, a white blend sometimes made half-sweet that was present across America during the 1960s to mid 1990s. It was about that time when America made the great switch. On November 17th 1991, Morley Safer on 60 Minutes told Americans about the French Paradox: The French, drinking more red wine and eating more fat, still had lower rates of heart disease. Before that we used to sell two bottles of white wine for every one bottle of red. We now sell three to four bottles of red for every bottle of white. Needless to say the sales of Orvieto have decreased dramatically, and Umbria was left looking for a red wine to export. Umbria had never really been known for their red wines, but in the mid 1980s, Sagrantino di Montefalco, a wine traditionally made sweet, had been revised into a dry red. Alvaro Palini, trained as a fashion designer, revolutionized the production of Sagrantino at the Adanti winery. A tremendous amount of the credit should also go to the Arnaldo Caprai Winery. They brought the idea to America in a big way. Most Sagrantino is massively tannic—one needs a good dentist to drink it regularly. Terre de Trinci winery, which made this wine, started in 1992, the year Sagrantino gained DOCG status. I find their Sagrantino more supple, milder and unforced. It still shows the classic structure but it is much better balanced than most. Enjoy it with a grilled T-bone or a cheese-laced lasagna.
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