Weirdest wine I’ve ever shipped? Probably not. Ok, not even close. That being said, the most obscure grape I’ve ever worked with? Almost assuredly so. Here’s some information on the Sagrantino in your monthly box.
Hi, all. Mark Aselstine with Uncorked Ventures. So I’ll hold this up so you can get a good look at it. So this is a Benessere Sagrantino. As far as wine clubs go, I think this is kind of one thing that I try be that’s a little bit different than my competitors because I want to kind of expose people to wines and grapes that they wouldn’t necessarily otherwise try.
And Sagrantino, we talked about in the newsletter, this an Italian varietal that’s really not planted anywhere outside of Italy, and this is the only planting in Napa. So, we talked a little bit in the newsletter, if you could read along, it’ll be about the grape itself and about just how Italian varietals are changing in California ’cause there’s kind of these secondary grow regions that are warmer. A lot of the colder ones are doing things differently, but if you’re a warmer growing region, it makes sense to at least attempt some Italian varietals.
And so, we’re seeing that internationally too, and I think that’s kind of a good intro to this wine. So, it grows well in Italy, you’re seeing some plantings in Australia now. United States, we had maybe 1% of the worldwide plantings. But I think as things move forward, you’re gonna continue to see grapes, this grape, and other like it planted in like South America. If you look at … People said Malbec really doesn’t react well in warm weather than when they tried it. It worked better than it does in France.
And so, I think you’re gonna see the Chileans are definitely at the forefront of, frankly, experimentation with, what do we know about this grape and can we change it. They have pinot planted at 10,000 feet in elevation, which is something that if you asked an old world producer or even an American winemaker, they would tell you it’s insane.
And so, I think you’ll see Sagrantino and other Italian varietals continue to be planted in increasing numbers and increasing variety of habitats. I think that’s one thing I hope you can take away from this month’s wine of the month club shipment that things are changing. They don’t necessarily seems like they’re changing necessarily in the wine industry because it changes so slowly. You know, if you put wine in the ground, it takes five years before you have a usable grape. But they are changing, and this is one way that they’re changing.
If you’re kind of a secondary growing region, you’re trying new things ’cause you have to because the cabernet sales are damn hard to come by. Anyway, Mark Aselstine with Uncorked Ventures, and if you’re a Special Selection of the Wine Club member, I hope you like this.