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Debuting Four Naturally Beautiful Wines from Paolo Bea!
April 2, 2019
A Note from Sergio

Spring is the season of rebirth, of tiny flowers eking out of the warm dirt, and of sunshine feeling like a revelation. After the long winter months, spring always surprises me, even though I know it's coming. Springtime is always a wonderland, and I can't think of a better producer to celebrate springtime than Paolo Bea. One of the founders of Gruppo Vini Veri, the consortium of winemakers who grow their grapes naturally and vinify their grapes with little or no intervention, Paolo Bea bases its winemaking practices on the philosophy that "nature should be observed, heard, and understood, not dominated." The winemakers of Paolo Bea (though Paolo remains the head of the estate, day-to-day operations are in the hands of his sons Guiseppe and Giampiero) take every possible care to treat nature with the highest respect possible. They are people who do what they can in order to let nature do its thing.

It's not surprising that the products of this non-interventionist approach are some serious, unusual and unutterably gorgeous wines. Today, I'm very proud to debut four different Paolo Bea wines--two "big reds," one sunny "orange" wine, and one incomparable dessert wine. The two Sagrantino-based reds featured today are Bea's 2012 Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro and'12 Umbria Rosso Vigna San Valentino. These wines thrum with life, unfold tantalizing layers, and fill the mouth with textures, flavors, and sensations. The dessert wine is also a Sagrantino, the estate's 2007 Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito, and it's wonderfully intense, slightly sweet, and thoroughly delicious. Finally, there's Bea's 2012 Arboreus Umbria Bianco, an old-vine, skin-contact wine that will make you sigh with joy.

These Bea wines remind you that wine, like nature, has seasons--a time to grow, a time to shine, and a time to rest. Bea's wines make this arc so apparent, so forthright, and so true that they both tether to you this earth and make you celebrate it. I often talk about winemakers as being like magicians, able to take everyday materials and create wonder with their hands, but with Bea, the magic is nature. It's around us. It's with us. And it surrounds us. All we have to do is drink it in.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: New, Big and Beautiful Wines from Umbria's Paolo Bea
2. Wine Events: Upcoming April Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito
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Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro 2012 750ml
Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro 2012 750ml
Price: $109.00

While 2012 was a sweltering growing year, Bea’s ’12 Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro keeps it balanced, stylish, and supple. Cigar wrapper, fresh loam, baking spices, potpourri, and incense frame the brambly blue and juicy red fruits in this elegant, open-knit Sagrantino bottling. Chewy tannins cling to the cheeks as this wine glides across the palate, delivering savory minerals, sweet fruits, and a bass line of sauvage beauty long into the wine’s lingering finish. While you can enjoy this wine upon release, it’ll drink beautifully for the next decade, likely longer. Deriving from the famed hilltop site of Pagliaro, situated at 1,300 feet above sea level in Montefalco, this mono-varietal Sagrantino macerates for an incredible 48 days; the wine ages in stainless steel for one year, two years in barrels, followed by a year in bottle. Paolo Bea is a standard bearer of Sagrantino, and the estate’s flagship wine consistently delivers terrific complexity and great longevity. more info