2004 Terre de' Trinci Sagrantino di Montefalco "Ugolino"
Montefalco is a vertiginous hill town in Umbria famous for Sagrantino di Montefalco, a full-bodied red made from the Sagrantino grape. The 2004 Ugolino from Terre de' Trinci is stupendous, a deep-flavored, fleshy Sagrantino lush with the tastes of blackberry and earth. Its tannins are big, but softened, and it has a finish that just doesn't let go. It's a big, gentle bear of a wine.
Save it for bold flavors and hearty fall and winter dishes. Wild boar would be a good choice, but barring that, a pork roast, short ribs, some hefty chops or some kind of braised meat dish. An aged Pecorino would do nicely too.
—S. Irene Virbila
Region: Umbria, Italy
Price: $45 to $60
Style: Robust and full-bodied
What it goes with: Short ribs, pork roast and chops, braised meats
Where to find it: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463, http://www.hitimewine.net; K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com; Rosso Wine Shop in Glendale, (818) 330-9130, http://www.rossowineshop.com; Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, http://www.wallywine.com; Wine Exchange in Orange (714) 974-1454, http://www.winex.com; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com