Paolo Bea ''Rosso de Veo'' 2012 - Umbria, IT
This is a gem of pure Sagrantino, harvested exclusively from the younger vines in the “Crus” of Pagliaro and Cerrete. A product of a 35-day maceration, it carries a deep ruby robe and a dense, juicy mouthfeel. The round and smooth tannins make for a gentle, playful (but substantial) wine.
Umbria, Italy References in the archives of Montefalco, the beautiful hill town in Umbria, document the presence of the Bea family in this locality as early as 1500. This tiny estate is the classic Italian fattoria, producing wine, raising farm animals for trade and home consumption and working the land to produce olives, fruits and vegetables. To this day, the Bea family raises and produces much of what they consume on a daily basis. The family philosophy is that “nature should be observed, listened to and integrated, not dominated. Wine is not made by man but generated by nature! ... " Paolo Bea, the senior member of the family and a bit of an icon, is the guiding force behind the production of this series of intense and idiosyncratic wines. His two sons assist him. Giuseppe, who farms the vineyards, and Giampiero, who assists in the vinification and is responsible for all commercial aspects of the winery. The entire property encompasses 15 hectares: 5 of which are dedicated to the vineyards, 2 to olives, and the remainder to the fruits, vegetables and grains that are grown.