2019 Fongoli Vino Rosato Bullarum Sagrantino I.G.T. Umbria Frizzante Natural
Region: Montefalco < Umbria < Italy
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: certified organic + biodynamic farming, clay soil, early harvest; maceration on the skins for 24 hours in stainless steel vats then pressed and fermented with no temperature control for 15 days, then spends another 3 months on the skins; 2nd fermentation in the bottle; bottled unfined/unfiltered with no SO2 added; 100 cases; 12% ABV
Winemaker: Angelo Fongoli & Letizia Ferracchiato
We had the pleasure of meeting Angelo and his wife Letizia this summer on our trek through Italy. Their certified biodynamic estate in Umbria, owned by Angelo’s family since 1925, is home the family's beautiful vineyards as well as olive groves, a gorgeous flock of goats, chickens, pigs, and a few horses. They have always worked organically and got their biodynamic certification in 2008. In the early days, they worked with the natural wine guru, Danilo Marcucci, to hone zero-zero cellar practices.
We're huge fans of their Laetitia Bullarum, so we were overjoyed to welcome Laetitia's new pink sibling, a delicious dark pink frizzante Sagrantino, the region's famously muscular red grape. It's structured, with crazy acid and minerality, and drinks almost like a sparkling red, with spicy, herbal red fruit and a leathery, cigar box thing that gets lifted and softened by the bubbles. Drink chilled, and serve like you would a Lambrusco, with fatty meats or fried things.