2012 Terre de' Trinci Sagrantino di Montefalco

SKU #1385735

Founded in 1992 by growers seeking better returns by turning their grapes into wine, Terre de Trinci earned acclaim after producing a dry wine from the local Sagrantino grape, which traditionally been used for passito wines. The winery is credited with ushering in a renaissance of Umbrian winemaking, and continues to work with Italian varieties while innovating with international grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay, while this wine is 100% Sagrantino. Terre de Trinci’s thoroughly modern winery was one major step toward modernization. Choosing French barriques over the traditional large Slavonian oak barrels for the Sagrantino was a step toward taming the grape’s fierce tannins. Through micro oxygenation and a couple of other chemical reactions, the barrique softens the tannins and accentuates the fruit character. The 2012 Terre de Trinci Sagrantino di Montefalco spends one year in barrique and then is held to allow it to develop in the bottle. The 2012 vintage is the current release. The late release gives the wine time to come together and develop secondary and tertiary flavors rather than relying on primary fruit character. The results are a powerful yet graceful wine. The tannins are more directional than forceful and they frame the powerful fruit richness. This is a big wine, best perhaps as an accompaniment to aged hard cheeses.

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