Paolo Bea 2016 'Lapideus' Trebbiano, Umbria Bianco IGT
Item Number: 13988
Sub Region: Umbria
Appellation/AVA: Umbria IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Trebbiano Spoletino
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 62
Giampiero acquired a parcel of 80-year-old Trebbiano Spoletino in the town of Pigge di Trevi several years back, and 2016 marks just the third vintage of this exciting new addition to the Bea lineup.
Tasting Notes: Arising from a cooler microclimate than the Arboreus, Lapideus spent a month on it skins after pressing, followed by over 200 additional days on the gross lees—a similar vinification to Arboreus, yet one that yielded markedly different results. Lapideus has a leaner, racier carriage than the broad-shouldered Arboreus, with a more precise sense of acidity. It emphasizes drive over density, and its underlying salinity is not a far cry from the spellbinding wines from Paolo Vodopivec in the Carso—incidentally, a dear friend of Giampiero and a fellow ViniVeri administrator. A subtle note of honeyed sweetness at the wine’s core speaks of its warm-climate origins, and Bea’s propensity for wildness reveals itself in a fascinating but ephemeral cheese-rind whisper in its aromatics.
Winemaking Notes: There is no green harvesting and no excessive sorting, as he wants each wine to reflect the entire season’s crop and not just a choice section; fermentations begin and end without being forced in either direction, thus varying in duration notably from vintage to vintage; and the wines are bottled when they’re deemed ready to be rather than according to some schedule, with the reds in particular generally spending upwards of four years in cask. There is no regulation of temperature, no pumping, no fining, and no filtering. Giampiero relies on patience, and plenty of it, to clarify his wines, and what is in the bottle is always a full-on reflection of the fruit and the story of the season that birthed it.