I have always loved Montefalco Rosso and think it is one of the most underappreciated appellations in Italy. Sangiovese is blended with a smaller part Sagrantino, thus creating a delicate marriage between finesse and power. The 2009 Montefalco Rosso Riserva Lampante shows the depth and overall potential of this promising red blend from Umbria. This wine is particularly well managed with firm but pleasant tannins and enduring aromas of dark fruit, spice, smoke and crushed granite. This Riserva expression is light years ahead in terms of overall quality and importance next to the easy base Rosso from the same vintage.
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Lampante Montefalco Rosso Riserva DOC
Grape Varieties70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, 15% Cabernet and Merlot
AppellationMontefalco Rosso Riserva DOC
DescriptionThe Lunelli family, third generation of winemakers at Ferrari Trento DOC, has pursued a 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. In 2001, fascinated by the ancient and mystical land of Umbria and by the powerful Sagrantino wines, the Lunelli family acquired Tenuta Castelbuono. The property encompasses 30 hectares of vineyards in the areas of Bevagna and Montefalco. The Lunellis have focused on converting the vineyards to organic agriculture and replanting based on extensive research of specific Sagrantino clones. At Castelbuono, old vines are preserved and new vines are added through a structured cloning selection project called the Patriarchs Project. The amazing winery, Il Carapace, is the realization of a collaboration between the Lunelli family, the imaginative sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro, and the technical expert, 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. Lampante Montefalco Rosso Riserva comes from specially selected grapes from the Le Fonti vineyard at Bevagna. It is a wine of great structure and elegance whose long maturation takes place in the heart of the Carapace, the Lunelli familys winery-cum-sculpture in Umbria.
VinificationThe grapes are hand-harvested in October. Cold pre-maceration at 54°F for 20 hours. Maceration lasts 15-20 days. Maximum fermentation temperature: 82°F in stainless steel. Aged for 18 months in tonneaux and large casks, followed by a minimum of 12 mo
ColorRuby red with hints of garnet.
NoseIntriguing, with scents of wild violets and cherries in brandy, along with sweet spiciness against a background of graphite.
PalateThe wine explodes on the palate with round, elegant fruit and well-structured, ripe, and well-balanced tannins. Its long, broad finish suggests that it still has considerable potential for aging.