With a grape as rare and wonderful as Sagrantino, a wine drinker may want to know a little more about its history. It’s been growing in a corner of Umbria for more than a century. It may have been brought into the region by ancient Greeks millennium ago, or possibly, it was a more modern crossing of a few wild grapes. And that’s the extent of our knowledge today.

What we do know is that before 1976, it was used for a passito dessert wine. By the early 80’s its reputation as a fantastic dry wine was starting to take hold. Today, it is a highly regarded wine in certain parts of the wine trade. It’s one of the  great wines of Italy, but still relatively obscure.

This bottle is classic Sagrantino. Deeply etched and webbed tannins create a superstructure of flavor at its core. Cassis and blackberry flavors follow cedar and tobacco notes into a smokey anchor of garrigue and wild game.  The finish moves toward graphite, espresso and zesty cranberry.