2005 Paolo Bea Vigna San Valentino

September 17, 2014

Name:Vigna San Valentino
Vintage:2005
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:70% Sangiovese, 15% Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, 15% Sagrantino
Producer:Paolo Bea
Region:Italy / Umbria / Montefalco
Alcohol:13.0%

Sangiovese reads beautifully in this single vineyard effort; even more so on the nose than in the flavor. It’s nicely farmey, earthy with gorgeous violets and a complexity owing to the 50+ y.o. vines. Very very good indeed.

2006 Paolo Bea Rosso de Veo

September 17, 2014

Name:Rosso de Veo
Vintage:2006
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Sagrantino
Producer:Paolo Bea
Region:Italy / Umbria
Alcohol:14.0%

Not a quiet wine. Rustic and outspoken (expectedly); first with the lacquer, later -with the pruney, mushroomy, cooked cherry on the nose. Looks and feels aged. Rather well balanced, but, alas, 14% alc. sticks out.

2005 Paolo Bea Pagliaro Montefalco Sagrantino

September 16, 2014

Name:Pagliaro Montefalco Sagrantino
Vintage:2005
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Sagrantino
Producer:Paolo Bea
Region:Italy / Umbria
Alcohol:14.5%

Paolo Bea’s style reads through and through, but with more elegance than some of his more rustic (in a good sense of the word) bottlings. Rancio, touch of fennel, funky cherry and old polished leather.  A wonderful meditation wine.

2007 Paolo Bea Sanvalentino

September 16, 2014

Name:Sanvalentino
Vintage:2007
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Sangiovese, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Sagrantino
Producer:Paolo Bea
Region:Italy / Umbria
Alcohol:13.5%

Fresh nose of under-ripe strawberry, raspberry and cherry. Traces of earth and mushrooms. Taste wise, although amply fruity, it carries quite a bit of green, solid acidity and quite dry tannins. Requires plenty of air and a few more years.

2005 Paolo Bea Vigna Pipparello Montefalco Rosso Riserva

September 16, 2014

Name:Vigna Pipparello Montefalco Rosso Riserva
Vintage:2005
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:60% Sangiovese, 25% Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, 15% Sagrantino
Producer:Paolo Bea
Region:Italy / Umbria
Alcohol:13.0%

It’s akin to a sexy whisper, excitingly elusive, while quite revealing and enticing if given the proper focus. Nicely balanced and classy, yet a bit austere, which doesn’t put you off, but rather entices a pleasurable chase instead. Quite a girl this thing is.