Paolo Bea (375 ml) 2007 Montefalco Sagrantino Passito DOCG

Paolo Bea (375 ml) 2007 Montefalco Sagrantino Passito DOCG

Item Number: 12735

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Country: Italy
Region: Umbria
Sub Region: Umbria
Appellation/AVA: Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2007
Grape(s): 100% Sagrantino
Type: Wine - Dessert
Bottle Size: 375 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Residual Sugar(g/L): 100 g/L
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

Bea’s rare and mind-bendingly complex passito (the traditional method for making Sagrantino di Montefalco, in fact) comes from pure Sagrantino harvested at a high brix level and left to dry naturally on straw mats in the upper level of his grand winery. After several months of drying, the bunches are destemmed and crushed, and fermentation skulks along until the sugar levels reach 16% to 18%, at which point an infinitesimal amount of juice is pressed forth from the ultra-shriveled berries. The final product carries around 100 grams per liter of residual sugar and delivers a visceral blast of Sagrantino essence: spice cake, cured tobacco leaves, peppery black fruits, old leather, and a profound sense of umami. Always released after a significant amount of aging (thereby increasing its already stunning complexity), it’s an idiosyncratic, deeply enveloping wine that feels like a transmission from another era.

Reviews

  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 92 (4/30/2019)

    A high-toned sweetie, with tangy acidity creating a mouthwatering frame for the palate's creamy range of date, macerated cherry, toffee and herb-laced balsamic character that echoes on the plushly chewy finish. Drink now through 2027.