As I reported from the Gambero Rosso tasting, Colpetrone is now part of the conglomerate Saiagricola.  What may first sound like a cause for concern is unfounded.  Riccardo Cotarella is in charge of the entire portfolio of wines, which includes Arbiola, La Poderina, and Fattoria del Cerro, among others.
I last tasted the subject wine in February at Gambero Rosso;  It was beautiful then, but tight as a drum with the structure of a brick house.  The past several months have allowed this wine to come together nicely, to settle, and express more of it’s potential.  The hour in the decanter brought forth complexity that was absent initially.
The Colpetrone estate covers about 350 acres, only 150 of which are under vine.  The estate produces Sagrantino exclusively from owned vineyards and reduces yields per hectare well below that which the DOCG regulations allow. 

~ I Vigneti di Colpetrone ~

The “Tre Bicchieri” 2007 Sagrantino  is a lovely purple black in the decanter and glass.  It’s opaque. Aromas of black fruits, leather, tobacco and mineral are evident and accented with a smokey essence.  On the palate, the power of the wine is evident, but there’s also a sophistication, an approachable smoothness that was not there in February. Perhaps this speaks of Cotarella’s influence.  The weight of the wine is balanced well by the rich, ripe fruit.  Black pepper, tobacco, earth and spices contribute.  The ripe tannins and acids still assert themselves toward the finish but don’t diminish the wine’s elegance. While delicious now, I’ve no doubt it will become more intriguing with cellar time.  A great value. 92 points, about $28.
~ The Tre Bicchieri Colpetrone Sagrantino di Montefalco ~


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