Wine Review: Scacciadiavoli Montefalco Rosso 2010

Prince of Piombino, Ugo Boncompagni-Ludovisi, built Scacciadiavoli estate in 1884. Scacciadiavoli means “cast out the devils” and is named for a 19th century exorcist who used wines while performing exorcisms. According to the legend, a young woman who seemed to be possessed entrusted the exorcist to free her from the demon. Using potions and infusions to no avail, he made her drink red wine from the area until she became drunk. The girl then came back to her senses and was supposedly freed her from her “demons”.

The Pambuffetti family owns Scacciadiavoli now and is made up of 130 hectares. 35 hectares make up the vineyard which covers a hill in the heart of the “Montefalco” appellation. Annual production is approximately 250,000 bottles.

Scacciadiavoli Montefalco Rosso D.O.C. 2010 is made with Sangiovese 60%, Sagrantino 15%, and Merlot 25%. Harvest is from 15th of September until mid-October. Aging occurs in aged barrels and large tanks made from French oak for 12 months and then in the bottle for a minimum of 6 months. Montefalco Rosso lends itself well to aging for years.

Tasting Notes:

  • Hue: Deep ruby red with violet and light garnet hues
  • Aromas experienced: Slight berry
  • Flavors experienced: Sweet berry on the front of the palate with dry finish
  • Body: Fruity full-bodied with dry finish
  • Food pairings: Strong cheese, prime rib, pot roast, steak, fruit, lasagna
  • Rating: 2.8/5

Scacciadiavoli is a legendary wine with stories to behold.

For more information:
 Localitá Cantinone
06036 Montefalco – Perugia
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