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Fratelli Pardi, Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG 2016

Fratelli Pardi, Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG 2016

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Winemaker

Geographical Indication

ABV

15.5%

Grape

Vintage

2016

Style

Still Dry Red Wine

Smooth and velvety Sagrantino with deep flavours of black cherries, juicy prunes, cocoa and violet flowers

This is a big, bold wine with a profound taste of black fruits and spices, leading to a velvety sensation in the mouth. Sagrantino is a historic grape, native to Umbria, first recorded in 1598 but is thought to be much more ancient. This grape’s supercharged with tannins – and well crafted Sagrantino wine will be smooth and mellow, and capable of developing in bottle for 20-30 years.

The Fratelli (brothers) Pardi winery was founded in 1919 by three brothers – Alfredo, Francesco and Alberto – to produce Sagrantino. Now, brothers Alberto and Gianluca continue the family tradition that started over a century ago. The winery is located in a new building on Via G. Pascoli, a stone’s throw away from the Montefalco old town, and near the famous Church of Santa Chiara della Croce.

Winemaking

Grapes for this wine come from the Campolungo vineyard, which is planted on the slope of the hill right behind the winery. It has a south-east orientation, which is very important to help the Sagrantino grapes fully ripen and develop their signature deep flavour. The harvest is always done by hand in the middle of October. After pressing, the grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks for eight days, at a controlled temperature of 24-27°C. After that, the wine is carefully transferred into large, 2600-litre French and Slavonian oak barrels, where it matures for 18 months. The use of large oak barrels for ageing helps to gently soften the tannins, but not overpower the natural aromas of the grape. Then, the wine is blended together and is left for another 9-12 months in stainless steel tank to integrate. Finally, the wine is bottled, and is left to rest for as long as six to eight months in the cellar.

Tasting notes

In the glass, this wine has a deep ruby colour. It offers aromas of violets, blackberry, black cherry and plum, underpinned by hints of cinnamon and cocoa, as well as scents of cooked prunes and meat. This Montefalco Sagrantino is dry, with a full body and powerful tannins. It offers pronounced flavours of juicy prunes and spices, leading to a long velvety finish.

Drinking window

2022 – 2028

Awards

Gambero Rosso 2021 – Two Red Glasses, Final tasting (2016 vintage) | Robert Parker – 92 points (2016 vintage) | Wine Enthusiast – 93 points (2014 vintage) | I Vini Di Veronelli 2020 – 3 stars (2015 vintage) 

SKU: STR-MNT-IT-CFP-2016-02
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