It was the dry, not the sweet

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Brand NameCantini Fratelli Pardi
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Wine NameSagrantino di Montefalco Secco
Vintage (Year)2004
Wine ClassRed
Wine TypeSagrantino
Wine GroupsI'll take this with chocolate
Lovely reds
Alcohol %13%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$50 - $100
Site Rating9 (on a scale of 1-10)

The first thing to be honest in this review is that I can't remember the actual alcohol percentage on this bottle. I shared it with some friends and associates last night at Bar Amalfi, and when I looked it up on the company website, that was not shown.

I first came across Sagrantino several years ago while attending a VIP luncheon at the Borgata's Women in Wine event. I fell in love with this wine, as well as an Amarone. While I found this beauty for the low price of $30, this wine normally can fetch up to around $100 a bottle.

Now, as I haven't officially started learning my Italian yet, I learned one quick lesson in that this was the bottle that was Secco, meaning dry, and that I actually fell in love with the Passito, which is more sweet and medium bodied.

However, everyone loved the wine, as it was rich in the tastes of blackberries, black cherries, jam (I am not kidding, but jam made of red fruits) and with a little bit of spice in it. What ruined it for me was that I truly don't like dry wines and had already partaken on at least three reds earlier in the night.

But for anyone that loves dry and complex wines, I would definitely say that this one is a taker. And get it while you can at Canal's on route 38 in NJ while they still have it at that price.


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