Paolo Bea 2012 Montefalco Rosso Riserva, Pipparello, DOC
Item Number: 13642
Sub Region: Umbria
Appellation/AVA: Montefalco Rosso DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Pipparello Vineyard
Grape(s): 60% Sangiovese / 25% Montepulciano / 15% Sagrantino
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 15
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Clay and gravel
Elevation: 400 meters
The cru Pipparello is situated at 400 meters altitude with soils of clay and gravel, and this bottling displays Bea’s skillful touch with Sangiovese, which achieves a wilder and more powerful expression here than in neighboring Tuscany. The vines in the Pipparello Vineyard are a minimum of 20 years old. Comprising 60% Sangiovese, 25% Montepulciano, and 15% Sagrantino, the 2012 Pipparello spent an additional (fifth) year in cask in order to integrate its elements, and there is certainly no shortage of material here. If the Rosso de Veo defies the vintage’s amplitude, Pipparello gives it a full-throated expression. An autumnal, brooding nose evokes pipe tobacco and dried flowers, lurching from the glass like a bear awakened from slumber. The palate is massively scaled, full of brawny tannins daring the fruit to restrain them, yet there is amazingly a great sense of freshness and signature Bea acidity at the wine’s core.
Vintage Notes: Like 2011, the 2012 vintage in Montefalco was extraordinarily hot and dry with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit on multiple occasions during summer. Intense hydric stress resulted in a 35% reduction in yields, and Giampiero reported incidents of scorched bunches, as well as phenolic development temporarily halted by heat and lack of water. Still, through these extreme conditions—conditions that seem to be becoming more regular as the climate changes—Giampiero pulled off a series of wines that display aromatic nuance, textural complexity, and a real sense of place.