I just pulled this from my Umbria notes from a visit two years ago:
GORETTI Pila, S.Da Del Pino, 4, Perugia.
Main contact: Stefano Goretti, winemaker. Stefano also gives technical lectures to area winemakers. He emphasizes that all the technology he uses is to reproduce what was done in the days before stainless temperature controlled tanks. Very late harvest still going on during our visit—crushing sangiovese grosso.
Grechetto 2003, biodynamic production (“temperature control during fermentation is the only intervention”), maximum yield 3 kilos per vine—very low for a workhorse grape. Nose: Citrus, honeysuckle note, artichoke, grass. Palate: Light citrus. This was served very cold at tasting.
“Torre Del Pino” 2003, blend of grechetto, trebbiano, malvasia, aglianico. Carafe wine—undistinguished.
Chardonnay 2003 Colli Perugini DOC. Stainless steel fermentation and ageing. Nose: Pear, green apple. Palate: Apple, honey note. Dry finish.
“Il Moggio” 2003 late-harvest grechetto Umbria IGT. Aged 4 months in small oak barrels. Nose: Pear, almond, buttered popcorn. Palate: Cocoa butter, ripe Bartlett pear. Spice note on finish. Unusual first-class treatment for grechetto.
“Rosato Fontanella” 2003, blend of sangiovese, montepulciano, merlot. Nose: Candied fruit, strawberry. Palate: Tart strawberry. Short finish. Young and fresh.
“Rosso Fontanella” 2002, blend of sangiovese, merlot, and sagrantino. Nose: Milk chocolate, plum, cherry. Palate: A bit shy after promising nose, healthy acidity, firm tannins. Medium chocolate and spice finish.
“Arringatore” 2002 DOC Colli Perugini Rosso. Blend of sangiovese, merlot, and sagrantino, from best vines. Nose: Rich black cherry. Palate: Chocolate, cherry, good acidity, fine ripe tannins. Very dry finish.
“Le Mure Saracene” 1999 Sagrantino di Montefalco. Produced at DOC Montefalco holdings. 100% sagrantino. Nose: Cherry, blackberry, black pepper, earth, bitter chocolate. Palate: Cherry, chocolate, firm tannins, pronounced acidity. Long cherry and spice finish.
ADANTE ARQUATA, Bevagna
Main contact: Domenico Adante
Winemaker: Graziana Grassini
It took several telephone calls to get Domenico Adante to agree to a tasting. He insisted his wines were no good! As it turns out, he was partly correct.
Arquata Grechetto Colli Martani DOC 2003, 100% grechetto. Distinct tang of oxidation.
Arquata Montefalco Rosso DOC 2002, blend of sangiovese, sagrantino, and merlot. Aged in Slavonian oak. Nose: Black cherry, chocolate, hint of mint. Palate: Red fruit, mild acidity, fierce tannins. Medium dry finish.
Arquata Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG 1999, 100% sagrantino, aged three years in Slavonian oak. Nose: Cherry, chocolate, earth, not fully open. Palate: Rich, smooth milk chocolate, black cherry, fine tannins. Bitter almond on finish.
Arquata Rosso Dell'Umbria I.G.T. 2000, blend of cabernet, barbera (!), and merlot, aged in Slavonian oak and some bottle ageing. Nose: Rich black cherry, blackberry, forest floor. Palate: Cherry, plum, blackcurrant, Bordeaux-like quality, unobtrusive tannins, rich mouthfeel. Long sweet finish. Terrific! Not yet released.
ANTONELLI SAN MARCO, San Marco, 59, Montefalco
Contact: Manilo Erba, oenologist; Tiziano Maschio, wine technician.
Between 1998 and 2000, about 30 acres of new vines were planted. Total annual production now 170,000 bottles. All fermentation and vinification is gravity-fed; there are no pumps.
Montefalco Rosso DOC 2001, 65% sangiovese, 15% sagrantino, 10% merlot, 10% cabernet sauvignon, aged 9 months in French and Slavonian oak, 6 months bottle ageing. Nose: Black cherry, blackcurrant, kirsch. Palate: Cherry, chocolate. Warm kirsch-like finish.
Montefalco Rosso Riserva DOC 2001, 70% sangiovese, 15% sagrantino, 15% cabernet sauvignon, aged 8 months in large toasted French oak barrels (Alliers, Nevers, and Troncais), then six months in small French and Slavonian oak barrels; 1 year bottle ageing. Unfined, unfiltered. Nose: Vanilla, some black cherry; a bit shy. Palate: Cherry, artichoke. Short finish.
Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG 2000, 100% sagrantino, aged six months in large French oak barrels, then 9 months in small French and Slavonian oak barrels; 6 months bottle ageing. Bottled in March 2004. Nose: Kirsch, chocolate note. Palate: Some cherry fruit. Medium cherry and allspice note on finish. Appearance note: This wine had a brown rim; it looks old.
Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito DOCG 2001, 100% sagrantino, grapes allowed to dry for 75 days; aged 12 months in Slavonian oak, then 16 months bottle ageing. Nose: Dark red fruit, honey note. Palate: Mouthfilling, honey, red fruit, hint of milk chocolate. Long honeyed finish.