Paolo Bea 2016 'Pipparello' Montefalco Rosso Riserva, Umbria, Italy - DECANTsf

Paolo Bea 2016 'Pipparello' Montefalco Rosso Riserva, Umbria, Italy

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Paolo Bea 2016 'Pipparello' Montefalco Rosso Riserva, Umbria, Italy

The Pipparello is brooding and intense in its concentration. The ultra-savory nose is a thick swamp of camphor, black olives, fresh tar, and sandalwood, with pretty high-toned spices lurking in the background. Its palate is arrestingly dense, yet it carries an incredible amount of energy given its over-all disposition. This is a rough-and-tumble, wholly uncompromising wine without a polite bone in its body, yet it still manages to be erudite and nuanced—an embodiment of the spirit of the Bea style at its most extreme.

  • Winemaker: Paolo Bea
  • Farming: Organic
  • Variety: 60% Sangiovese, 25% Montepulciano, and 15% Sagrantino
  • Terroir: From the hilltop Piparello vineyard near Montefalco at 1,300 feet above sea level. Limestone-clay and gravel soils with 20+ year old cordon-trained vines.
  • Vinification: Hand harvested, after crushing and destemming, wine ferments spontaneously in stainless steel tanks. Cuvaision lasts 40-50 days. Pressed in vertical basket presss, with 12 months on less. ML is spontaneous.
  • Aging:  Up to 24 months in stainless steel tanks followed by 24 months in large, Slavonian oak botti. Unfined, unfiltered, no added sulfur with 40-55mg/l total sulfur.
  • Tasting Note: Very structured and perfect for cellaring, this wine shows strong notes of tomato leaf underscored by umami and saline notes. 

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