The 25 Anni Montefalco Sagrantino shows a surprising complexity with blackberry jam to rose pot pourri, from nutmeg to pepper, from pine resin to mint, from clove to cocoa. Soft and persuasive on the palate, intense persistent finish. Fresh, with complex tannins.
This rich Sagrantino is a great wine to be paired with roasted or grilled lamb and other meats. Black truffles, game, and aged cheeses are also lovely partners to match the tannins and body shown in the bottle.
Wine Enthusiast 94 - Enticing and earthy, this opens with compelling aromas of truffle, tobacco, black-skinned fruit, menthol and a whiff of blue flower. The palate is both structured and elegant, delivering dried morello cherry, prune and pipe tobacco framed in taut fine-grained tannins that give it a firm velvety texture. It's still tightly wound and needs time. Drink 2022–2032.
James Suckling 94 - The nose is ripe but very attractive from the outset with notes of iodine, oyster shell, bark, forest floor, blackberries, dark chocolate, plenty of herbs and coffee beans. The palate's really explosive yet polished, showing moath-coating tannins, layers of dark fruit, fine acidity and a long, boastful finish. Drink in 2020.
Wine Spectator 92 - A rich note of sun-dried black cherry shines through in this finely knit, full-bodied red, layered with dense, satiny tannins and accents of dried fig, spice box, savory olive, smoke and loamy earth that echo on the chewy finish. Best from 2021 through 2030.