Paolo Bea 2017 'Santa Chiara' Pagliaro Vineyard, Umbria Bianco IGT
Item Number: 13987
Sub Region: Umbria
Appellation/AVA: Umbria IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Pagliaro Vineyard
Grape(s): Garganega / Grechetto / Malvasia / Sauvignon / Chardonnay
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 second of Bea’s two early and highly influential skin-macerated white wines, Santa Chiara hails from the fabled Pagliaro cru, and combines roughly equal proportions of five varieties: Garganega, Grechetto, Malvasia, Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. Everything ferments together, without any additions or temperature regulation, in stainless steel, and the wine is given several years of settling before being bottled without fining or filtration. The rich, forward 2017 spent 28 days on its skins, and was bottled in May 2019 after 20 months of aging. The result is a voluptuous and complex orange wine.
Tasting Notes: Compared to the relatively racy 2013 Arboreus and the typically chiseled 2016 Lapideus, this vintage of Santa Chiara swaggers out of the bottle with macerated peaches, brassy spice notes, a liberal dash of white pepper, and candied citrus. Despite its somewhat explosive and brash personality, it possesses terrific drive and a focused, tannin-derived sense of architecture.