Sometimes when I sit down to eat I let the food dictate the wine.  Yesterday however, I saw that 54 Mint was pouring Antonelli’s Rosso di Montefalco by the glass, and so I ordered the first thing I thought would really go with the wine.  Seared steak with a simply arugula salad.  Perfection.

This wine a blend of Sangiovese and Sagrantino, with a bit of Merlot to balance the vintages.  It is sleek and rustic at the same time- seductive and playful.  There are grippy, delightful tannins, a lot of perky acidity and a lush black plum fruitiness that pairs well with a big juicy steak.  Sagrantino can also be vinified 100% for the classic “Sagrantino di Montefalco” (of which the Antonelli winery also make a decadent, mind-blowing version).  However, Sagrantino is a highly tannic grape, and its wines are best with a little age.  This is why the Rosso option is so clever- you can enjoy a bit of the current vintage from this unique Umbrian terroir while your Big Boys are resting in the cellar.

54 Mint was a fun discovery for me.  Tucked back inside of Mint Plaza, it is home to an honest and delicious menu that focuses on interpreting Roman and Italian cuisine through local and seasonal ingredients.  The atmosphere is open, airy and decidedly hip.  Good food, interesting wines and a fun, relaxed vibe.  And truly, what better way to enjoy San Francisco than with a glass of Montefalco Rosso?

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I love all things Italian: the beautiful country of Italia, the Italians themselves, the language, the food… and above all, I love Italian wine. The people I meet in my charmed life are fascinating, the wines are extraordinary. I needed a special place like this to write about them, and to remember them.

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