The name Sagrantino derives from the Latin, “Sacer”, a holy wine destined for consumption during the Christian festivals. The Passito, a sweet dessert wine, is the traditional version of Sagrantino in Montefalco.
This stunning red sweet desert wine is made from 100% Sagrantino since 1979 by the Antonelli family.
Grapes are handpicked in the second week of October and placed in single layers in crates. Bunches that have received the most sun are selected as they are more suitable for this wine. The grapes are dried naturally on cane trellises for 75-90 days. Vinification is done extremely carefully by gravity, using maceration and fermentation in contact with the skins for 8 days at a temperatures of 25°C. Malolactic fermentation takes place. The wine clarifies spontaneously with no need for filtration. The passito is aged in 10 hL oak barrels for 15 months. Assemblage and clarification occurs in cement vats for 3 months, follwed by bottle ageing for 12 months.
Tasting notes: rich ruby tending towards garnet in colour. The wine resonates with blackberry, blackcurrant and raspberry jam and is both elegant and spicy. The taste is very delicate, showing a lovely balance of sweetness and a long length with persistence of red fruit.
Accompanies: red fruit tarts, sweet biscuits (tozzetti), gianduia chocolate and mature cheeses (Parmigiano Reggiano).