~ The Perticaia ~

Perticaia is the word that marks the tool with which agriculture and nature are transformed into wine; for in the historic Umbrian language, Perticaia means “plough”.   
This deep connection to the land is precisely why proprietor Guido Guardigli decided to name his venture Perticaia.   But Perticaia doesn’t remain stoic and stuck in the past.  Indeed, the “Double P” label on the wine pays homage to a dual meaning:  “Penso Positivo” (positive thinking) and also, “Progetto Perticaia”, the Perticaia Project.  This represents the vision of the future that is inextricably linked to the past. 

Today, Perticaia boasts a mere 15 hectares of vineyards, 7 of which are devoted to Sagrantino.  The brilliant enologist Emiliano Falsini is in charge of the winemaking and collaborates carefully with Mr. Guardigli. 

~ Vines and Olive Trees at Perticaia ~

Today we’re focusing on one of the estate’s new releases;  the 2011 Montefalco Rosso.  As I wrote in my lengthy feature on The Reds of Montefalco,  Montefalco Rosso can be comprised of almost any blend including Sagrantino, Merlot, Cabernet and other approved red grapes, though Sangiovese must comprise at least 70% of the final blend.

The 2011 Perticaia Montefalco Rosso is 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, and 15% Colorino and is vinified and aged in stainless steel vats for 12 months following which the wine rests in bottle 6 additional months before release. 
In the glass, the wine displays pure focused aromas of flowers, fresh herbs and bright berry aromas.  The stainless vinification has left this very fresh and unmolested.  On the palate, the wine has pretty flavors of fresh herbs, crushed berry and a slight note of olive. The herb component is a bit more savory than I would expect.  Having enjoyed as many Montefalco Rossos as I have, I’m not sure Colorino was the best choice to complete the blend here.  While tasty, the wine is slightly lean without food and doesn’t seem to possess any added body from the Sagrantino.  Much better with grilled pork tenderloin and sauteed broccoli.  Nice value at under $15.  87 points. 

~ The 2011 is 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 15% Colorino ~


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