THE DOCGs of UMBRIA
TORGIANO ROSSO RISERVA
The Torgiano production zone includes a small number of hills that dominate an area located southeast of Perugia.
In 1968 Torgiano was the first Umbrian wine to receive DOC, a historic moment for the region’s viti-viniculture.
The wine’s name is derived from that of the small community of Torgiano – a contraction of “Torre di Giano” or tower of Giano. The tower (remaining from a medieval castle) still stands and dominates the skyline of the town. According to one legend, Giano was none other than Noah, who landed in Italy and stayed for a time.
Torgiano Rosso Riserva is born with 70% – 100% Sangiovese with a maximum of 30% other local red grapes of the zone. The wine is entitled to “DOCG Riserva” distinction after three years of aging (at least six in the bottle). Aging begins November 1st of the year of harvest. It is ruby red in color tending toward garnet with age. Its perfume is delicate, while its taste is rich, full-bodied and well-balanced.
Torgiano may be produced in red and white versions. However, only the Rosso Riserva is entitled to the DOCG.
SAGRANTINO di MONTEFALCO
Sagrantino di Montefalco is a varietal rescued from extinction, thanks to DOC recognition. According to some historians, the vine has a pedigree that dates to the days of the early Franciscan friars who first specialized in clonal grape selections and propagated this custom through the surrounding areas. Others hold that the vine was possibly introduced from Catalonia, Piedmont or even by the Saracens who may have first planted a grape variety derived from Asia.
While in the last century Sagrantino was considered a premium varietal and much prized, its popularity waned in succeeding years.
Today this superb red, also known as Montefalco Sagrantino, is a much appreciated wine made with 100% Sagrantino grapes. It is again taking its rightful place among the premium wines of Italy. The wine may be produced in a dry or passito style. Both must age a minimum of 30 months (beginning November 1st) but the dry must age at least 12 of those months in wood. There is no wood requirement for the passito version.
Montefalco di Sagrantino is a ruby red wine which tends toward garnet with age. It offers a delicate and characteristic perfume that hints of blackberries and has a dry, harmonious and velvety flavor. While Montefalco Rosso is also produced, only the Sagrantino is entitled to DOCG status.
Tenuta di Alzatura Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG is born from 100% Sagrantino grapes from the Cecchi family estate Tenuta di Alzatura in Umbria. This single vineyard red is intense ruby in color with a complex aroma of wild blackberries, plums, vanilla, leather and coffee. Dry, full-bodied and concentrated, this wine offers supple tannins and good acidity.