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“Cast out the devils”: Sparkling and Still Sagrantino from the Old Estate of Scacciadiavoli


Scacciadiavoli translates to “Cast out the devils” which is the historic name of the winery featured in today’s post.  This 19th century estate is named after an exorcist who lived in a village bordering the vineyard.  The wines are produced using fruit from some 35 hectares of vines located in the heart of Montefalco. I am a big fan of the Sagrantino de Montefalco wines so I recently gave these more affordable selections a go.  The NV Azienda Agraria Scacciadiavoli, Vino Spumante Brut Rose, Montefalco lived up to my uninformed expectations for sparkling Sagrantino.  It is full of color, robust both in bubbles and flavor, and even sports some tannins.  This would be great during the fall.  The 2010 Azienda Agraria Scacciadiavoli, Montefalco Rosso was made from fruit that was not used in the Sagrantino de Montefalco.   This blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Sagrantino is less robust in the mouth but is in need of cellar age.  I actually liked the black fruit, licorice, and salt combination.  I do not know how this wine ages but would not be surprised if this scored a higher mark a few years down the road.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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NV Azienda Agraria Scacciadiavoli, Vino Spumante Brut Rose, Montefalco – $26
Imported by Michael R. Downey Selections.  This wine is 100% Sangrantino sourced from vines at 400 meters.  The second fermentation in bottle lasts at least 18 months.  Alcohol 12.5%.  The color was of medium intensity dried rose petals.  There were firmer bubbles in the mouth that matched the dry flavors.  There was almost blue fruit mixing with the red fruit followed by a yeasty hint in the middle.  There were some dry tannins and it still had a hint of bubbles in the finish.  This robust ending made way to a mouth coasting aftertaste.  ** Now-2017.

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2010 Azienda Agraria Scacciadiavoli, Montefalco Rosso – $17
Imported by Michael R. Downey Selections. This wine is a blend of 60% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot, and 15% Sagrantino that was aged for 12 months in French oak.  Alcohol 14.5%.  There was a subtle nose of dark-red fruit with some roast.  With air the wine became less tannic and rugged as the firm black fruit and salivating acidity came forward.  There was a hint of licorice, a hint of salt, and a fair amount of drying tannins.  It is still a bit wound up so I’d cellar it a few more years.  ** 2016-2022.

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