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Adanti

Among the placid and picturesque hills of green Umbria, in Arquata place, Adanti winery is since more than thirty years among the main protagonists of the renowned Sagrantino di Montefalco

 The view of Umbria - the green heart of Italy - with its uninterrupted scenario of hills, offers among the most evocative and placid territories of Italy. Since ever these hills - as far as the memory and the history of man can recall - have always been characterized by vineyards and olive trees, two fundamental elements of the enogastronomical culture and tradition of Umbria. Besides being remembered as a “land of saints and heroes”, Umbria is also a land of olive oil and wine, as it was usually mentioned by authors of the past since ancient Roman times. Also famous were the grapes cultivated in Umbria and with which were produced wine: among the many, Pliny the Elder praised the Itriola grape, typical of the ancient Mevania - name with which the ancient Romans called the modern city of Bevagna, between Foligno and Montefalco - therefore proving at those times the wine of these places was famous for its quality.


A top view of Adanti winery
A top view of Adanti winery

 Right in the hills near Bevagna, an enchanting town of long medieval traditions and included in the production area of Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG, is located Adanti winery, which in its more than thirty years of history has been capable of representing a solid reference point in the production and development of this famous Umbrian wine. The headquarter of the winery is located in the hill of Arquata, Colcimino and Torre del Colle, famous since ancient times for the quality and finesse of their wines and olive oils. The history of this important Umbrian winery - still today considered a reference point for the production of Sagrantino di Montefalco - began in 1974, when Domenico and Pietro Adanti brothers founded their wine business. The headquarter of the winery was built by recovering and restoring an ancient convent belonged to the congregation of Filippini monks, built on the rests dated back to Roman times and to the late Renaissance.

 Those were times in which Sagrantino grape was vinified according to the traditions of this area, by allowing the grapes to dry on mats - a very common practice used in the whole territory of Umbria - which was then vinified in order to obtain a tannic and sweet wine, traditionally consumed in the Easter period and during holidays. That was also the period in which sweet wines did not meet the favor of consumers and Sagrantino - because of its traditional vinification - was probably destined to disappear while leaving its place in vineyards to other and more famous grapes. Some producers of the area began to produce dry versions of wines by using Sagrantino grape, however the result was pretty tannic and astringent, with organoleptic qualities that, with time, got flavors of almonds. It should be remembered Sagrantino grape has a content in polyphenols among the highest known in any grapes, even higher than Nebbiolo.


A view of Adanti's vineyards
A view of Adanti's vineyards

 Among these producers was also the winery of Adanti brothers that, later, will introduce new ways to think about dry Sagrantino and about its production. Around the end of 1970's, Domenico Adanti hired as a cellar master Mr. Alvaro Palini - who after having spent a long time in the fashion field and after having worked in Italy and in France - gets into the world of wine while revolutionizing the way of thinking and producing Sagrantino. Alvaro Palini - a coy, tenacious and determined man with clear ideas - understands the secret of Sagrantino grape consisted in radically changing the way that “rough” wine was produced and the change needed to begin in the vineyard. He decided to lower yields in vineyards, he changed the vinification and aging techniques in order to obtain a better balance in the fruity character of the grape, tannins and acid. He also decided to have the wine slowly aging in oak casks and to continue the aging in bottle: changes which will make the future of the production of dry Sagrantino and of its success.

 The changes introduced by Alvaro Palini allowed Adanti winery to reach remarkable successes in a short time, therefore becoming the reference model for dry Sagrantino, as well as for the traditional Passito style. The first great success arrived with vintage 1985, a wine that still today is capable of surprising for its qualities and for its evolution. A success confirmed five years later with vintage 1990. Thanks to the intuition and skill of Alvaro Palini, it was also produced one of the most renowned and famous wines of Adanti winery: Arquata Rosso. This elegant wine is created by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to which is added Barbera: a very well made wine that since the first year of its production - it was 1981 - has always represented the quality of Adanti winery and that should certainly be considered - even in the current vintage 2000 - among the best red wines of Umbria.


 

 Today the technical management of the wine production has passed to Ms. Graziana Grassini, the clever and talented wine maker from Grosseto. Graziana Grassini scrupulously continues with her talent to keep the quality of this historical Umbrian winery high. The result of her skill and of her talent is proven in the glass: in every Adanti's wine emerges intact the typical quality of the grapes and the organoleptic sensations typical of wood aging are never intrusive or inappropriate, while giving the wines a very good olfactory and gustatory balance. The production of Adanti winery includes both white and red wines. Among white wines there are Montefalco Bianco (Grechetto, Chardonnay and Trebbiano Toscano) and the very good Colli Martani Grechetto. The range of red wines begins with Montefalco Rosso (Sangiovese, Sagrantino, Barbera, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon), followed by Sagrantino di Montefalco and the excellent Arquata Rosso (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Barbera). The production also includes the typical sweet wines of the area and of Umbria such as Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito and Vinsanto dell'Umbria (Grechetto, Malvasia, Trebbiano Toscano and Garganega). Finally, with the pomace of Sagrantino is being produced a grappa distilled with a discontinuous steam operated alembic still by Distilleria Aquileia.

 




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Montefalco Bianco 2003, Adanti (Italy)
Montefalco Bianco 2003
Adanti (Italy)
Grapes: Grechetto (50%), Chardonnay (30%),
Trebbiano Toscano (20%)
Price: € 7.50 Score:
This wine shows an intense golden yellow color and nuances of golden yellow, very transparent. The nose reveals intense, clean and pleasing aromas which start with hints of quince and plum followed by aromas of hawthorn, pear, hazelnut, pineapple and ripe peach. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of pear, plum and pineapple. This Montefalco Bianco ages in steel tanks for 4 months.
Food Match: Fried fish, Roasted white meat, Roasted fish, Stuffed pasta



Montefalco Rosso 2002, Adanti (Italy)
Montefalco Rosso 2002
Adanti (Italy)
Grapes: Sangiovese (65%), Sagrantino (15%), Barbera (10%), Merlot (5%), Cabernet Sauvignon (5%)
Price: € 11.00 Score:
The wine shows a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, moderate transparency. The nose denotes intense, clean and pleasing aromas which start with hints of black cherry, violet and plum followed by aromas of blueberry, vanilla, licorice and hints of menthol. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack and pleasing smoothness, however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, good tannins. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry, plum and blueberry. This Montefalco Rosso ages for 12 months in cask.
Food Match: Sauteed meat with mushrooms, Broiled meat and barbecue, Stewed meat



Colli Martani Grechetto 2003, Adanti (Italy)
Colli Martani Grechetto 2003
Adanti (Italy)
Grapes: Grechetto
Price: € 8.50 Score: Wine that excels in its category
The wine shows a brilliant golden yellow color and nuances of golden yellow, very transparent. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of apple and plum followed by aromas of hawthorn, broom, pear, hazelnut and lemon. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors. The finish is persistent with flavors of apple, plum and pear. This Grechetto ages in steel tanks for 4 months.
Food Match: Fish and mushrooms soups, Stuffed pasta, Sauteed white meat, Broiled fish



Sagrantino di Montefalco 2000, Adanti (Italy)
Sagrantino di Montefalco 2000
Adanti (Italy)
Grapes: Sagrantino
Price: € 21.00 Score:
This Sagrantino shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, little transparency. The nose denotes intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of blackberry, black cherry and plum followed by aromas of blueberry, raspberry, violet, vanilla, licorice, tobacco and chocolate. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, good tannins, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of blackberry, black cherry and plum. A well made wine. This Sagrantino di Montefalco ages in cask for 20 months followed by about 12 months of aging in bottle.
Food Match: Game, Braised and stewed meat, Roasted meat, Hard cheese



Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito 2001, Adanti (Italy)
Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito 2001
Adanti (Italy)
Grapes: Sagrantino
Price: € 28.50 - 500ml Score: Wine that excels in its category
The wine shows a deep ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, impenetrable to light. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with hints of blackberry, plum and black cherry followed by aromas of blueberry, dried violet, vanilla, licorice, tobacco, start anise, cinnamon, clove and chocolate. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic and sweet attack with pleasing roundness, however well balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, good tannins, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of blackberry, black cherry, plum and blueberry. A well made wine. This Sagrantino Passito ages in cask for 30 months.
Food Match: Hard cheese, Chocolate tarts, Fruit tarts



Arquata Rosso 2000, Adanti (Italy)
Arquata Rosso 2000
Adanti (Italy)
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc (40%),
Merlot (40%), Barbera (20%)
Price: € 18.00 Score: Wine that excels in its category
This wine shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, little transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with hints of plum, black currant and black cherry followed by aromas of blueberry, blackberry, violet, vanilla, licorice, tobacco, cinnamon, menthol and cocoa. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, good tannins. The finish is persistent with flavors of black currant, plum and black cherry. A well made wine. Arquata Rosso ages in cask for about 20 months followed by 6 months of aging in bottle.
Food Match: Game, Braised and stewed meat, Roasted meat, Hard cheese



Adanti - 06031 Arquata di Bevagna, Perugia (Italy) - Tel. +39 742 360295 Fax. +39 742 361270 - Winemaker: Graziana Grassini - Established: 1974 - Production: 120.000 bottles - E-Mail: info@cantineadanti.com - WEB: www.cantineadanti.com


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