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2016 Il Falco

Sagrantino-based blend that is deeply structured with big, dry, dusty tannins. This earthy varietal is blended with Montepulciano and Petit Verdot to bring juicy fruit character to this complex and full-bodied wine. Il Falco translates from the Italian as The Falcon, a play on Monte Falco (Falco Mountain) where Sagrantino hails from.

Specifically, in Umbria, the ancient hillside town of Montefalco is the center for Sagrantino plantings with almost half of the grapes planted there. Sagrantino is an extraordinarily-tannic red grape capable of making wines of immense power and structure easily aging for decades. This dry red wine is not for the faint of heart! Our Sagrantino has been the slowest grape to develop on the vineyard, and we are finally getting enough fruit to make enough wine.

We planted eight acres six years ago and since then I have been patiently blending it into our other reds as we carefully experimented with our approach. Sagrantino loves hot weather and has made itself quite at home in our vineyard, as the wines display immense power and structure. It’s a super tannin bomb, and those of you with patience will be rewarded with an incredible flavor evolution as the wine will soften up and new flavors will emerge with a few years in the cellar.

Another reason to love Sagrantino is it responds well to our Appassimento drying technique, displaying concentrated flavors of dried plums, dried cherries, currant and savory characteristics reminiscent of pipe tobacco. Sagrantino is the Umbrian’s companion some of Italy’s most cherished cuisines, black truffles and wild boar.



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SKU: 325-16
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Swan Creek
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