Tenuta Alzatura 2022 Montefalco Bianco 'Cortili'

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Cortili 2022 is the result of many years of work by Tenuta Alzatura and its owner Andrea Cecchi. Montefalco is a DOC in Umbria, mostly planted to Sangiovese and Sagrantino for making red wines. A small part of Montefalco is for white wines, with its major variety for this, Grechetto. However, Alzatura has put its efforts into a variety that has all but disappeared, Trebbiano Spoletino. Unrelated to any other variety with the prefix Trebbiano, this variety has the potential for very high quality.

The first few vintages of Cortili had a portion of Chardonnay in the blend, to help complete the palate and fill it out a little bit. With the 2022, the wine no longer needs it. The Cecchi family, with a few vintages under their belt, have now learned how to get the best from this variety. The 2022 is a huge success. A full palate with notes of bitter yellow fruits, hazelnuts, and almonds, together with fresh herbs makes this a highly complex and unique wine.


Italy | Umbria | Montefalco

Grape Varieties

Drink 2023 - 2028

Size / ABV

Standard Bottle 75cl / 12.5%

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The Producer

Tenuta Alzatura

Tenuta Alzatura

Tenuta Alzatura is owned by Famiglia Cecchi, a Tuscan winegrower since 1893, and the owners of Villa Cerna, Val delle Rose, and Villa Rosa. Cecchi purchased this estate in the late 1990s, their first venture outside their homeland of Tuscany. Andrea Cecchi realised the great potential of Sangiovese in Umbria, but more importantly, the region's signature variety, Sagrantino.

Montefalco is a small region of around 800 hectares in the landlocked region of Umbria in Central Italy. This region shares a border with Tuscany, so the wines often fall into the sphere of influence of their more renowned neighbour, certainly with Sangiovese, one of the two important black varieties grown here. The other main variety is Sagrantino: a vine which nearly disappeared in the 1960s, but it's undergoing a solid revival, mostly but only partially down to the work of pioneering viticoltore Arnaldo Caprai, whose wines firmly put this variety back on the map In 1970 there were a mere 78 hectares of Sagrantino in Italy. The latest vine census 2010 recorded 994 hectares scattered between Umbria and Tuscany. This great work is continued by a band of highly motivated, small producers such Tenuta Alzatura.

The next variety due for revival is the rare Trebbiano Spoletino. There are seven varieties in Italy, all with the name Trebbiano, yet they are distinct varieties that have very little genetic connection. Alzatura has worked tirelessly to cultivate the best clones of this variety for their Montefalco Bianco, producing two rich, creamy whites.


The Sub Region

Montefalco & Montefalco Sagrantino

Montefalco is a DOC in Umbria, the landlocked region to the south of Tuscany: one of Italy's smaller regions for wine production. The DOC itself is 520 hectares dedicated mostly to Sangiovese which must constitute between 60 - 70% of the blend, and Sagrantino between 10 - 15%. Other varieties are allowed but can be no more than 30%.

The whites are mostly made from Grechetto, the main variety of nearby Orvieto, but there is a revived variety, Trebbiano Spoletino, that is the more interesting of the two.

Within the confines there is another DOC, a DOCG in fact, Montefalco Sagrantino, which there are further 400 hectares. This is a more powerful ageworthy red, one of central Italy's most distinctive wines. Montefalco Sagrantino can also come in the form of a sweet red, passito, also noteworthy and often delicious.

The region became famous because of the efforts one notable producer, Arnaldo Caprai, who elevated the quality and reputation of this hitherto little-known DOC/G. There are now several great producers in this region making distinctive and authentic wines. We follow the wines of Tenuta Alzatura who makes some superb wines with excellent price/quality ratio.

The Estates

Famiglia Cecchi

Famiglia Cecchi

Famiglia Cecchi dates back 4 generations to 1893, originally based in Poggibonsi relocating to Castellina in Chianti in the 1960s. The family has been very shrewd in collecting vineyards in and around Tuscany, many of which located in prestigious sites. Without doubt, the Cecchis work hard at producing wines in authentic styles, something we hold very close to hearts here at Noble Grape, and at quite exceptional value for money. If there are better wines pound for pound in Tuscany and Umbria, we would like to hear about them.

The Tuscan properties comprise of Villa Cerna and Villa Rosa in Chianti Classico Le Corti del Podestà in San Gimignano, Val delle Rose in Maremma, and finallyTenuta Alzatura in the Umbrian DOC of Montefalco.

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