Paolo Bea 2012 'Arboreus' Trebbiano, Umbria Bianco IGT
Item Number: 13372
Sub Region: Umbria
Appellation/AVA: Umbria IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Trebbiano Spoletino
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Arboreus is one of the most unorthodox and fascinating skin-contact white wines in the entire world. Arboreus is produced entirely from Trebbiano Spoletino, a local strain named after the town of Spoleto. This is no ordinary Trebbiano, however—these are pre-phylloxera vines trained on trees in the fashion of the ancient Etruscans, with some vines exceeding 150 years of age. That’s correct: these grapes grow and develop with next to no human interference whatsoever, winding themselves around the trunks and branches of tall trees in a grove in Spoleto and ripening high above the ground.
In the cellar, the crushed grapes undergo spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel with no temperature regulation, and this 2012 spent a full 23 days on its skins. The wine then sat on its gross lees for 97 days, as Bea believes that the wine will only improve by such extensive contact—which, of course, only works if your grapes are impeccably clean and healthy. The wine was bottled a full four years after harvest with minimum sulfites and no fining or filtration.
The 2012 Arboreus offers great complexity, textural intrigue, and depth. It has a refined array of aromas and flavors: dried apricots, marzipan, white flowers, Asian spices, chicken stock, pineapple, and white pepper all make appearances—there’s even a hint of white truffle beginning to peek through the cracks. A singular beauty, Arboreus is also the only wine from Bea that can be purchased almost any time. If you’re one of the many who love and admire the delicious Coenobium wines from those wonderful nuns in Lazio, keep in mind that this is where it all started.