Sagrantino is a unique grape variety , a vivid combination of ancient and modern, unmistakable for its power and aromatic body. The vision of Marcello Lunelli and the winemaking team at Tenuta Castelbuono, was to create wines that frame the strong personality of the vine within the distinctive elegance of all the Lunelli Group portfolio. Therefore the focus was on very precise vineyards management. The first step was to create a highly specialized vine selection programme called the “Patriarchs Project”, which when coupled true organig farming practices delivered immaculately developed fruit. Continual cellar experimentation, with particular focus on winemaking techniques and barrel maturation allowed to sculpt that raw power into a more controlled beauty. As a result the wines have achieved a potent harmony, perfectly balancing the stylized aromatic potential and untamed power of Sagrantino, and revealing a supple roundness previously unimagined.
Mario Soldati once wrote that “Wine is the poetry of the land”. To capture the magnificent prose that Umbria is capable of, the balance between man and nature must be respected and preserved within every phase of production. In 2011 the Tenuta Castelbuono estate codified their viticulture practices by enrolling the winery in the national registry that certifies grape cultivation undertaken in accordance with organic agriculture protocols. In 2014 the estate will receive the Organic Farming certification .
While maintaining the character and power that are at the heart of Sagrantino, it continually amazes with its sweepingly round mouth-feel and the harmony of structure and flavour. The decision to use large barrels over small barriques was crucial to the creation of a wine with such long cellaring potential, one that preserved the emphatic emotional gravity of the Sagrantino grape after long periods of bottle aging.
Is a perfet synthesis of the power of Sagrantino with the elegance of Sangiovese, making it amazingly approachable and dexterous with food pairings. The same elegance is found in the taste, a beautifully balanced wine, comfortable, fresh and with significant intensity which is already perfectly drinkable, but which could also improve with a certain amount of aging.