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The Wines of Umbria

Wines of UmbriaThough their contiguous positioning renders it difficult to discriminate between Umbria and Toscana, a condition that the latter’s fame exacerbates, Umbria is very much its own region—one that has been coming into its own zone and attracting the notice of both critic and consumer. Umbria traditionally privileged other product categories, though it has struggled to realize prime positioning in its favored specializations—truffles and olive oil. Its terroir, however, has always served it well: the collaboration between sea and mountain breezes realizes a classic context for ripening, while the volcanic soils put the vines under “motivational” stress. These conditions have been behind some of the zone’s most successful wines.
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Castello della Sala Muffato Della Sala 2013 500ml
Castello della Sala Muffato Della Sala 2013 500ml
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A rich golden hue in the glass, the ’13 Muffato Della Sala reflects its cool, classic growing year in its vivid acidity, precision, and breathtaking balance. Layers and layers of zesty citrus, luscious tropical, and crisp orchard fruits mingle with notes of honey, white wildflowers, and kisses of toasted nuts, pressed herbs, and saline minerals in this creamy wine’s dreamy, complex palate. Fresh and exciting, this Muffato Della Sala vintage feels clean and silky, unspooling across the palate with elegant minerality and kinetic energy as it builds to a succulent, sweet-tart finish. Derived primarily from grapes that have realized a considerable degree of concentration and been affected by noble rot, Muffato della Sala is mostly Sauvignon Blanc blended with Grechetto, Gewurztraminer, and Sèmillon. Grapes ferment for 18 days in temperature-controlled steel, and the wine ages for six months in oak before blending and bottling. Enjoyable now, the ’13 Muffato della Sala has considerable aging potential. more info
Castello della Sala Pinot Nero 2017 750ml
(Antinori) Castello della Sala Pinot Nero 2017 750ml
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Paolo Bea Arboreus Umbria Bianco 2013 750ml
Paolo Bea Arboreus Umbria Bianco 2013 750ml
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This enchanting wine’s nose bursts with sappy orchard and stone fruits, orange zest, white wildflowers, warm baking spices, honey, bitter almonds, and whiffs of green tea, oxidation, and earth. The surprisingly muscular palate is saturated with dry extract, but lively acidity, silky-fine tannins, and a core of savory minerals keep it supple into its resonant, complex finish. A fantastic complement to a wide range of foods from white meats to hearty seafood to pungent cheeses, Bea’s Arboreus Bianco gets its name from pre-phylloxera old-vine Trebbiano Spoletino rootstock whose vines are trained into tree-like shapes. The wine’s intense flavor comes from its grapes’ fermenting on the skins for 23 days and the wine aging in stainless steel, sitting on its lees, for more than two years before bottling. more info
Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito 2007 375ml
Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito 2007 375ml
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Concentrated, lush, and a little nervy, Bea’s ’07 Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito explodes with ripe blue and black fruits, warm chocolate, plum compote, raspberry jam, maple syrup, peppery herbs, and warm earth. Vibrant acidity ushers this semi-sweet dessert wine across the palate as chewy tannins cling to the cheeks; textured and supple, this Sagrantino Passito is a triumph. At once sweet and savory, this Passito-style wine holds the palate in delicious tension; it’s a pure, energetic, complicated expression of Sagrantino, and it could only come from Umbria’s master. Bea let the grapes dry for a few weeks, concentrating their sugars and flavors, and then let them ferment with skin contact for 39 days before aging for almost three years on the lees in stainless steel, and bottling the wine almost five years after harvest. Just 200 cases made. more info