Sagrantino is Italy’s most tannic grape. By far. On the positive side, sure, that helps make it an extremely age worthy wine. But the degree of difficulty it takes to produce a palatable wine that can be enjoyed without lying it down for too many years is high. Avid fans of the grape seem to know to brace themselves for the challenge, and more importantly know to have a big steak at the ready when a bottle has been opened. But with Umbrias penchant for the big, bold and modern style, there are only a couple of producers that practice stylistic restraint in their approach. Sagrantino may always be a challenge for those seeking balanced wines, but there is no denying that its ability to pack a punch is a clear and unique differentiator that turns plenty of heads in the wine world.

Milziade Antano / Fongoli