Paolo Bea 2012 Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco, Pagliaro Vineyard, DOCG
Item Number: 12786
Sub Region: Umbria
Appellation/AVA: Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Pagliaro Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Sagrantino
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 15
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Elevation: 1,300 feet
Tasting Notes: Bea produces perhaps his most renowned wine from pure Sagrantino grown on the prized hilltop site of Pagliaro, situated at 1,300 feet above sea level in Montefalco proper. The 2012 Pagliaro maintains equilibrium and freshness in the face of its scorching season of origin. Sagrantino’s fruit character can sometimes be midnight-black, but the 2012 hints at cherry liqueur, offering a bit of brightness amidst the usual spicy savagery. An autumnal spirit permeates the wine, with aromas and flavors of fallen leaves, fresh pipe tobacco, and woodsmoke. Pagliaro is never light and never polite, but the tannins on this 2012 manage to be digestible and balanced—although there is enough structure to reward some cellaring, to be sure.
Vintage Notes: Like 2011, the 2012 vintage in Montefalco was extraordinarily hot and dry with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit on multiple occasions during summer. Intense hydric stress resulted in a 35% reduction in yields, and Giampiero reported incidents of scorched bunches, as well as phenolic development temporarily halted by heat and lack of water. Still, through these extreme conditions—conditions that seem to be becoming more regular as the climate changes—Giampiero pulled off a series of wines that display aromatic nuance, textural complexity, and a real sense of place.