Paolo Bea 2011 Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco, Cerrete Vineyard, DOCG
Item Number: 13644
Sub Region: Umbria
Appellation/AVA: Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Cerrete Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Sagrantino
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Elevation: 450-500 meters
It is difficult to believe that Montefalco Sagrantino can get any more profound than Bea’s beloved Pagliaro—but it indeed can.
Cerrete Terroir: The family has owned a parcel for some time in Cerrete, one of the highest altitude vineyards (450-500 meters) in Montefalco, but it wasn’t until the 2007 vintage that Giampiero deemed the vines old enough to do justice to the cru’s potential. With its poor, mineral-rich soils and its acidity-preserving altitude, Cerrete yields a wine not more powerful than Pagliaro—in fact, it comes across as lighter on its feet—but with greater nuance, as if the settings on a microscope were dialed up to render even more detail.
Tasting Notes: In acknowledgment of its stature, Giampiero gives it one additional year in large Slavonian oak, making for an astonishing five-year elevage before the requisite long resting period in Bea’s perfectly dark, cool, subterranean bottle cellar. The 2011 is a materpiece, more flamboyant and layered than the relatively restrained 2010. With a soaring nose of garrique, deep red fruits and warm stones, it displays an incredible integration of its elements on the palate, which is ultra-concentrated yet elegant.