I don’t think this belongs in a “A Wine For The Fortnight” segment as it is not that easy to find. Rather this is about the joy of buying a wine, laying it down and enjoying it at maturity. Sagrantino is the signature grape of the area around the town of Montefalco in Umbria, Italy. Traditionally it was made as a sweet wine using the passito method of drying grapes to concentrate them. It was re-born as a powerful tannic dry wine in the 1970’s. Don’t get me wrong the sweet wine can be fantastic but most people know the dry.
Some producers are now making wines that are fairly approachable when young but the best need eight to ten years to mature and can easily last for twenty. We bought this wine back in 2008 and it has been sleeping in our cellar ever since. Sunday we had a fantastic T-bone from a local farmer in Vermont. Don’t let people tell you that grass fed beef is tough. This was melt in your mouth tender. I served it with some fried potatoes and a green salad, and of course the Sagrantino. Everything came together making it more than worth the effort to resist opening it over the last six years.