Paolo Bea Vigna San Valentino Umbria Rosso
This wine is sourced from the San Valentino vineyard in Montefalco the soil of which is dominated by clay. The vineyard is at 1300 feet altitude. The grapes are harvested from a 50-year old vineyard containing the constituent grapes. Harvest usually occurs in the final ten days of October. Bea puts all the dry reds through extensive cuvaison. In this instance, the wine usually macerates for approximately 30 days before being racked and prepared for malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged for 3 years in stainless steel and an additional 4 to 12 months in bottle before release. This is on the young side for a Paolo Bea, but if you decant and (ideally) taste over several days with all kinds of foods, this wine will reward you with layers upon layers. Better yet, buy as a gift for your favorite wine super-fan!
70% Sangiovese, 15% "the typical red-berried grape of Abruzzo" (Montepulciano), 15% "the noble native grape of Montefalco" (Sagrentino)