Cantina Fratelli Pardi, Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG (Umbria, Italy) “Sacrantino” 2014

($35, Provicenter USA):  The Sagrantino grape has abundant fierce tannins, which explains the character of the wines from Montefalco Sagrantino (formerly called Sagrantino di Montefalco).  Wines from this DOCG require exclusive use of that grape and benefit from years, even decades, of bottle age to soften them.  The Pardi family has been growing grapes in the region since the early 20th century, but their modern history dates to 2003 with a new winery.  True to form, their Sacrantino has power and youthful exuberance with plenty of tannins, but remarkable freshness and life.  Yes, it would benefit from further aging, but I could envision drinking it on a winter’s night with a hearty stew.
90 Michael Apstein Apr 21, 2020