Carapace Montefalco Sagrantino

Tenute Lunelli

APPELLATION

Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG

GRAPE VARIETIES

100% Sagrantino

WINEMAKERS

Vittorio Stringari

2010

91POINTS

Wine Spectator
APRIL 30, 2017
2015

90POINTS

Wine Enthusiast
APRIL 2019
BACKGROUND

The Lunelli family, third generation of winemakers at Ferrari Trento DOC, have pursued their passion for wine with the creation of Tenute Lunelli, comprised of three wine estates located in three different regions of Italy, Umbria, Tuscany and Trentino. Only the Umbria estate wines from Tenuta Castelbuono are currently available in the US. The winery is a realization of sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro and the technical expertise of architect Giorgio Pedrotti. The huge dome covered with copper, marked with a pattern of grooves and cracks, is inspired by a carapace, a tortoise shell. An accompanying sculptural element in the shape of a red arrow (called the Lampante) piercing the earth highlights the structure in the surrounding landscape.

TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES

The Castelbuono property encompasses approximately 74 acres of vineyards in the areas of Bevagna and Montefalco. Since acquiring the property, the Lunellis have focused on converting the vineyards to organic agriculture.

A land-locked area in the heart of Italy, Umbria has a similar climate and geography to Tuscany, with cold, rainy winters and dry sun-filled summers. An exception is the area surrounding Lake Trasimeno and Lake Bolsena, where a mild, Mediterranean microclimate dominates.

Umbria’s native Sagrantino is a unique grape variety, a vivid combination of tradition and innovation, unmistakable for its power and aromatic body. At Castelbuono, historic old vines are preserved and new vines are added through a structured cloning selection project called the “Patriarchs Project.”

WINEMAKING

The grapes are hand-harvested in October. Cold pre-maceration at 54°F for 30 hours. Maceration lasts 15-20 days. Maximum fermentation temperature: 82°F in wooden vats.

AGING

24 months of aging in large oak casks, followed by a minimum of 12 months in bottle.

TASTING NOTES

Deep, luminous ruby red in color. On the nose, blackberry jam and blueberries with intense notes of cherries in brandy, carob and rose petals enhanced by liquorice and chocolate notes. Distinct creaminess on the palate, along with very powerful, mellow fruit. Long and persistent finish with defined tannins of rare finesse and elegance.

WINEMAKER

Vittorio Stringari

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