ScacciadiavoliBrutRosen.v. Scacciadiavoli, Brut Rose, Vino Spumante Metodo Classico, Montefalco, Umbria, Italy.
Wow, this is fun! A dry and beautifully crafted Rose of Sagrantino Montefalco, that is almost a Blanc de Noirs, as it is mostly if not all Sargrantino, and it might just be the only sparkling Sagrantino di Montefalco, which gives it extra cool points! Plus the name, Scacciadiavoli gets its curious name, “Cast out the Devils,” from a 19th century exorcist who lived near the winery’s vineyards and used the wine to carry out his exorcisms. Today the wine is made by the fourth generation of winemakers at the estate, Jacopo and Liu Pambufetti, they are a couple of rising stars in the region and are putting out some terrific offerings, especially worth mentioning is the 2007 Sangrantino di Montefalco that rivals many of the top producers in the area and reminds me of Arnaldo Caprai with deep fruit and layers that go on for days, but in particular the Scacciadiavoli sparkling Sagrantino Brut Rose stands out for unique character and luxury, this is devilishly good stuff. The non vintage Brut Rose starts with rosewater, dried currants, citrus and earthy mineral tones with a vibrant beading of the mousse and a hint of yeasty brioche, brisk acidity plus lengthy tart cherry, fig and river stones. The Scacciadiavoli bubbly has a sense of refinement and poise without losing it’s rustic charm and vigor with splendid detail and wonderful refreshment, while their regular Brut made with traditional white grapes feels bland and flabby, this one rocks and will really turn some heads. Lingering bright strawberry, anise and wild red peach add to the enjoyment in this tasty Sagrantino sparkler, it won’t be easy to find, imported by Vinity, it is worth tracking down!
($32.95 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

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