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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Sagrantino, lively, tannic red grape speciality of Montefalco in umbria. Sagrantino di Montefalco was elevated to docg status in the mid 1990s. Sagrantino has been used as an ingredient in dried-grape wines but today shows promise as a carefully vinified dry red, sometimes blended with sangiovese. Outstanding wines from the Arnaldo Caprai winery have created much interest in the variety, but the overall level of viticultural and oenological sophistication in the production zone is not high, as demonstrated by many wines. A total of 994 ha/2,456 were reported in the 2010 vine census.