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2016 Paolo Bea "San Valentino" Umbria Rosso

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70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, 15% Montepulciano. During a recent visit, Giampiero recounted a meeting with the famous Giuseppe Quintarelli, who told him that a proper maceration requires a minimum of two months—the first for extraction, and the second for elegance (the seeds apparently eat away chemically at the tannins’ rougher edges during this period)—and indeed in 2011 the San Valentino spent a full 60 days on its skins. Well-balanced even when approaching 15% alcohol, its exuberant nose is often a maelstrom of Indian spice, black fruits, and sandalwood, with a subtle yet crucial note of volatility—a classic Bea signature—adding lift to the primordial funk. 


AOC'S GUIDE TO PAOLO BEA: The Pope of Sagrantino, an Italian National Treasure

These are simply some of Italy’s most thrilling wines and have been for years. They are the true double threat in terms of allocations as they receive tremendous love and adoration from the collector, sommelier, and natural wine communities. They were natural wine before natural wine was even a thing. Despite their low sulfur additions, no new oak, and traditional winemaking, these powerful, tannic, behemoths crafted from the classic varieties of the Central Italian waistline are generously ripe and fleshy at 15.0% ABV. These wines are so big they would make any Napa wine but Harlan Estate pink in the cheeks. From one of the US's greatest importers, Rosenthal Wines, "Bea’s wines remain singular—boisterous, unabashedly wild expressions of their undulating, sun-drenched hills of origin, each new vintage of which is eagerly anticipated by a legion of loyal clients." Their opulence and grippy tannic structure is balanced by a space opera of exotic spices, herbs and aromatics tantrically woven into a velvet fabric. If you're both a lover of funk and an Italian wine lover and have not discovered these yet, welcome to your next dream wine. - BK

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