A Wine for the Fortnight – Scacciadiavoli, Montefalco Rosso, 2009

The Central Italian town of Montefalco is famous for its Sagrantino grape and the resulting single varietal wine, Sagrantino di Montefalco.  Wine makers in this corner of Umbria have another red wine trick up their sleeves, Montefalco Rosso, made with a blend of Sangiovese and Sagrantino.  Wine Makers may use up to 30% other grapes.  In this case, Merlot is used.  With Sagrantino’s long aging requirements and low yields, the Rosso was designed to be a money maker for the wineries while the Sagrantino carried the banner for quality.  For many wineries this is how it is, but some, including Scacciadiavoli, craft wines that can stand on their own. The Scacciadiavoli, Montefalco Rosso, 2009, is a medium bodied very well balanced wine with some dark fruit and earthy notes one would expect from Sagrantino.  It also has some of the cherry flavors and bright acidity that Sangiovese can bring to a wine.  We had it with lamb chops and it went perfectly.  It would match well to other grilled meats like a steak or a veal chop.  It was so good we kept drinking it after we finished eating and it still worked nicely as just a glass of wine.  At around $16 a bottle it was a home run for value.  Enjoy.

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