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Paolo Bea, 'Pipparello' Montefalco Rosso Riserva 2016
Italy / Red

Paolo Bea, 'Pipparello' Montefalco Rosso Riserva 2016

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Tannins

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. Paolo Bea, the senior member of the family, is the guiding force behind the production of this series of intense and idiosyncratic wines. He is assisted by his two sons, Giuseppe, who farms the vineyards, and Giampiero, who assists in the vinification and is responsible for all commercial aspects of the winery.

The Pipparello vineyard is a hilltop site in Montefalco at 1300 feet above sea level. The soil is clay and gravel. The vines in the Pipparello vineyard are a minimum of 20 years old. Harvest takes place normally during the middle of October. The 2016 is a blend of 60% Sangiovese, 25% Montepulciano, and 15% Sagrantino. The cuvaison extends for a period between 40 to 50 days. After the alcoholic fermentation this wine spends a year in stainless steel tanks and then two years in large oak barrels and is released after an additional year of bottle-aging.

Country
Italy
Sub-Region
Montefalco
Region
Umbria
Varieties
Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Sagrantino
Farming
Organic, practicing biodynamic
Soil
Clay, gravel