Paolo Bea 2016 'Santa Chiara' Pagliaro Vineyard, Umbria Bianco IGT
Item Number: 13370
Sub Region: Umbria
Appellation/AVA: Umbria IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Pagliaro Vineyard
Grape(s): Grachetto / Malvasia / Chardonnay / Sauvignon / Garganega
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Gravel and clay
Elevation: 1,300 feet
Winemaking Notes: The Bea Santa Chiara is the easygoing younger brother of the more inward and serious Arboreus. It is produced from equal parts Grechetto, Garganega, Malvasia, Sauvignon, and Chardonnay from a small parcel in the great Pagliaro Vineyard. The wine spends several weeks macerating on its skins. Fermentation occurs in small stainless steel vats at low temperatures. Two rackings are done early in the fermentation process to remove the heavy deposits. A third is done after three weeks. This wine is then left on the fine lees in stainless steel for one year before being bottled without fining or filtration. The result is a voluptuous and complex orange wine.
Tasting Notes: This 2016 is juicy and ripe, with beguiling aromas that lean toward the floral and spicy (as opposed to the more somber and earth-driven aromatics of Arboreus). It displays a bold tannic presence, but the palate is more delineated and perkier than that of the Arboreus, with vivid, crunchy pit fruits and lurking mineral heft. Like Bea’s peerless red wines, Santa Chiara is a wine of opposing forces; it is both exuberant and firm, both challenging and deeply delicious.