A typical expression of a grape variety that is absolutely unique in terms of power and longevity, the Sagrantino from Tenuta Castelbuono, which is certified as organic, amazes one with its mellowness, which results from skillful vineyard husbandry and long ageing in large oak casks. A deep, luminous ruby red in colour; concentrated and refined. The nose is a triumph of blackberry jam and blueberries – typical of the variety – with attractive and intense notes of cherries in brandy, carob and rose petals. Its traditionally styled profile is further enhanced by liquorice and chocolate notes. It has a distinct creaminess on the palate, along with very powerful, mellow fruit. The finish is long and persistent, with precisely defined tannins of rare finesse, elegance and gentleness. A terrific Umbrian red for a mixed platter of barbecued meats.
Family-owned vineyards at Montefalco and Bevagna; a special selection was made of the Estate’s finest historic vines as part of the “Patriarchs Project”, carried out in cooperation with the Agricultural Institute of San Michele all’Adige. Vines are grown in a clay-silt mix with excellent agronomic potential, well-structured and resistant to summer drought. Wines are cold pre-maceration at 12°C for 30 hours. Maceration is 15-20 days. Maximum fermentation temperature: 26°-28°C in wooden vats. 24 months in large oak casks, followed by a minimum of 12 months in bottle.
After three generations of winemaking, the Lunelli family decided to further its passion for producing outstanding wines by adding to the success obtained by its Ferrari Trentodoc. The range was extended to three wineries in three different regions of Italy: Tenuta Margon in Trentino, Tenuta Podernovo in Tuscany and Tenuta Castelbuono in Umbria. The project began in the 1980s, with the creation of still wines in Trentino that capitalized the experience gained through years of growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in high hillside vineyards. From the start of the new millennium, the family began paying particular attention to regions with a consolidated reputation for the production of fine red wines. Seduced by the charm of the hills of the Costa Toscana, and in particular by the vineyard filled hill on which the historic Casale Podernovo lies. They began their adventure in Tuscany by acquiring forty hectares in the village of Terricciola.
In 2001 it was the ancient and mystical region of Umbria and the powerful and age-worthy Sagrantino wine that captured their attention. The Lunelli family purchased land in Bevagna and Montefalco, partly planted and later built the cellar-sculpture of Carapace. After several decades of commitment, this large-scale project encapsulating agriculture and life, high-quality, and beauty became the Tenute Lunelli brand. A seal chosen to express the typical characteristics of areas that are especially suited for making fine wines: products that interpret their particular terroirs in a profound way and whose distinguishing trait is their elegance and longevity.