One of the oldest wineries in the Montefalco DOCG, Scacciadiavoli traces its origins to the 17th century amidst tales and folklore of demons, witchcraft and exorcism. Indeed, a reclusive Shaman was known for using the local wine while performing his ritualistic exorcism duties on poor souls ridden with demons. Scacciadiavoli, “to cast out the devil”, takes its name from this legend. Today the estate covers 130 hectares, about 35 of which are planted to vineyards. Owned by the Pambuffetti family since the 1954 purchase by Great Grandfather Amilcare Pambuffetti, the farm is now in the hands of the 4th generation grand children who carry on the family name and tradition. During 2000, the family constructed a new gravity flow, state of the art winery. Built carefully into the surrounding hillside, the winery rests on four levels. Grapes are brought from the vineyards to the winery at the highest level and are moved naturally throughout the winemaking process. This dedication has yielded tremendous dividends.
The 2011 Scacciadiavoli Montefalco Sagrantino is an excellent wine. While there are other elegant approachable Sagrantino, I think this version is by far the most elegant and the most accessible. Perhaps this accounts for its placement in Wine Spectators Top 100 annual list for 2017.
Deep ruby in the glass, the wine is aromatically attractive with fresh flowers, crushed cherry, smoked meat and cake spices. Full bodied, but with well integrated tannins that are deftly managed at this young stage. The core of cherry fruit is accented by Christmas cake, roasted nuts, new leather and hints of vanilla. It’s elegant, balanced, long and attractive and an exceptional value. Decant for an hour or two and enjoy in 2018 or cellar easily for 5-7 years and see what develops. Wonderful effort. 93 points. About $40. The 2011 is the current release. Find this wine