Tenute Bellafonte - Collenottolo 2011 DOCG

Updated: Jan 15

Tenute Bellafonte

Colletottolo 2011 DOCG

Umbria, Italy

All Italian regions are now producing amazing wines, and Umbria is not an exception. This nectar is a 100% Montefalco Sagrantino, the flagship grape of this beautiful land located in the heart of the peninsula. The noble juice aged 36 months in large Slavonia oak barrels (30 hl) and then other 10 months in the bottle. Salute!


Appearance

In the glass the wine has a beautiful ruby colour with some violet shades. The intensity is deep. It is clear with no traces of deposits, even if the wine is not filtered.


Nose

The aromas intensity is medium plus. It is a blaze of red fruits. The elegant perfume of the iris, lavender and pepper makes the aromatic palette even more sophisticated. The cedar and smoky notes are so teasing. The wine is already 8 years old (reviewed in 2019) and the tertiary flavours are well developed: leather, earth and dried fruits are pure pleasure for our nostrils.


Palate

In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and medium plus tannins. The tannins are so silky. The alcohol is high (15%), but it doesn’t burn at all. The flavour intensity is pronounced. On the palate, the fruits are even more succulent and the secondary aromas so charming. The finish is long.


Conclusion

This nectar is an excellent example of Montefalco Sagrantino. It is balanced, complex and never-ending. I enjoyed it eating a rabbit á la cacciatora, characterized by a rich sauce with flavours of bay, black pepper and black kalamata olives. If your wallet doesn’t know the fear, be curious! try this nectar!


Final vote: 92


Price: £25.62 on Tannico.co.uk

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