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Paolo Bea 2017 'San Valentino' Rosso, Umbria, Italy

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Paolo Bea 2017 'San Valentino' Rosso, Umbria, Italy

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 ex- traction, 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.

  • Winemaker: Paolo Bea
  • Farming: Organic
  • Variety: Sangiovese (70%), Montepulciano (15%), Sagrantino (15%)
  • Terroir: From the sloped San Valentino vineyard, near Montefalco at 1,300 feet above sea level. Limestone-clay
  • Vinification: Hand harvested, after crushing and destemming, wine ferments spontaneously in stainless-steel tanks. Cuvaision lasts 30-40 days. ML is spontaneous.
  • Aging:  12 months in stainless-steel tanks followed by 24 months in large, Slavonian oak barrel. Unfined, unfiltered, no added sulfur with 40-55mg/l total sulfur.
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