Umbria – il cuor verde d’Italia – bordering Tuscany and literally the center of Italy, overflows with historical significance. This is the birthplace of St Francis of Assisi, the land upon which the breathtaking commune of Assisi was built 1000 years BC by Umbrians settling here along the Tiber Valley. Fast-forward to the turn of the 20th century and we meet the family who would eventually – rightfully – place Montefalco (Umbria’s world famous DOCG) on the map. They are the Tabarrinis, and those in Umbria know them well, for they’ve been supplying coveted wine crops for four generations; grape growers extraordinaire in the mold of Giorgio Rivetti and Angelo Gaja in Piedmont. This is meticulously farmed land, tended vineyard by vineyard, vine by vine, all by hand. The grape is Sagrantino – the Tabarrini’s mono-varietal, raison d’être. A Rosso too is offered; a field blend of mostly Sangiovese along with their younger pickings of Sagrantino and such. Prior to 1990, only the well connected locals could access the bounty from these tranquil sites. But then Giampaolo Tabarrini – the driving passion behind the family’s modernization – stepped into the future and elected to estate bottle and export his family’s monumental vinous treasures. The rest, as they say, became history.
The Wine Advocate urges, “Readers who haven’t checked the Tabarrini wines out in a while will want to take a close look at these fabulous new releases.” The future has indeed arrived!
2009 Tabarrini Montefalco Rosso
90 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous …absolutely gorgeous… High-toned floral notes, spices and sweet red cherries all meld together gracefully. A hugely appealing wine, the Montefalco Rosso is best enjoyed over the next few years….
2006 Tabarrini Montefalco Sagrantino Colle Grimaldesco
91 points, R. Parker’s Wine Advocate …a rich, dense wine loaded with dark fruit. Violets, spices, licorice and French oak emerge in the glass, adding further complexity. …The harmonious, polished finish augurs well for the future….
2008 Tabarrini Montefalco Sagrantino Colle Grimaldesco
95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous …Violets, tar, smoke, juniper berries and licorice are some of the nuances that jump from the glass… possesses striking inner perfume and plenty of juiciness, all backed up by firm Sagrantino tannins….
2006 Tabarrini Montefalco Sagrantino Campo alla Cerqua
93 points, R. Parker’s Wine Advocate …inviting, nuanced bouquet that leads to dark fruit, leather, licorice and minerals. Sweet, balsamic notes layer nicely into the long finish. …possesses outstanding harmony as well as finesse….
2008 Tabarrini Montefalco Sagrantino Campo alla Cerqua
93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous …wraps around the palate with sweet red cherries, anise, kirsch and mint. …High-toned, floral aromatics meld seamlessly into expressive red berries and plums as the wine opens up in the glass. …impeccable….
2003 Tabarrini Montefalco Sagrantino Colle alle Machie
90 points, R. Parker’s Wine Advocate …ripe, full-bodied wine loaded with dark fruit and sweet toasted oak. The tannins are soft, round and remarkably well-balanced in this accessible, powerful expression of Sagrantino. …excellent…
2006 Tabarrini Montefalco Sagrantino Colle alle Machie
93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous …terrific density and concentration in the glass. …the oak tannins are imposing… Hints of blackberry jam, melted road tar and smoke struggle to emerge, but the oak is simply too much. The Colle alle Macchie is an especially powerful, structured wine with the tannins of the past….