A deep, dense, ruby colour with very little sign of ageing at the edge of the glass, demonstrating the capacity of this grape variety for a long and happy life.
The nose is of black fruit – blackberries cooked with apples. You will find spices too; black pepper and cinnamon, a touch of Christmas spices and the mature tannins bring a savoury note.
On the palate you first notice the fruit which is quickly overwhelmed by the abundant tannins – very much a feature of Sagrantino, and what gives this wine its backbone.
Then the fruit makes a comeback and things settle down with smoke and tobacco coming through to a persistent and complex finish.
The tannin will take a back seat with the right food pairing, leaving you to enjoy the fruit and secondary flavours. Red meat is the obvious choice – well aged beef, a Sunday roast with duck fat roasted potatoes and sharp hot horseradish sauce, or slow cooked roman style with red wine, tomatoes and olives.
Venison would be a good match, either roasted with a sweet berry sauce, or slow cooked with chocolate.
The wine settles in stainless steel, and is then moved to barrique where it spends the following 14-18 months, depending on the vintage. It receives a total of 30 months maturation in steel and barrique, and is then held on bottle until deemed ready by the winemaker, 4 and a half year in the case of the 2008 vintage.