Villa Mora 2008 Montefalco Rosso Riserva

Villa Mora 2008 Montefalco Rosso Riserva

When wine writers call the aroma of a wine the bouquet, they don’t usually mean it literally. If you don’t like flowers, don’t sniff this wine. Thyme, marjoram, roses, violets, and bay leaf are all elements in this wine’s nose. Underneath, there are gamey and toasted spice notes that offer a good dose of tension. The palate has an excellent structure of tannin and acid, with all the red fruit and spice notes one would hope for. This is a very classy wine.

Villa Mora has been offered as a “Chairman’s Selection” several times in the past. I have found some of their wines to be exemplary, which others have been good, but not quite up to “Wine School Newsletter” standards. This bottle is a blend of Sagrantino, Merlot, Sangiovese, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The town of Montefalco is the center of one of Italy’s top wine regions, even if most wine lovers have never heard of it. Located in Umbria, Montefalco and it’s signature grape, Sagrantino, has been overlooked for centuries. Perhaps that is because Umbria the only Italian region without access to the sea or an international border (hence no direct trade with the outside world).

Montefalco is located over fifteen hundred feet about seas level and is surrounded by the Colli Martani hills, where most of the vineyards are located. Despite being largely unknown, winemaking has expanded by an average of a hundred acres every year for the past twenty years. This increase has also allowed a decrease in price, as well.