Paolo Bea 2012 Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco, Cerrete Vineyard, DOCG
Item Number: 14561
Sub Region: Umbria
Appellation/AVA: Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Cerrete Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Sagrantino
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Elevation: 450-500 meters
Wine Notes: The family has owned a parcel for some time in Cerrete, one of the highest altitude vineyards (450-500 meters) in Montefalco, but it wasn’t until the 2007 vintage that Giampiero deemed the vines old enough to do justice to the cru’s potential. With its poor, mineral-rich soils and its acidity-preserving altitude, Cerrete yields a wine not more powerful than Bea’s other pure-Sagrantino titan Pagliaro, but with greater nuance and a finer expression of detail. In acknowledgment of its stature, Giampiero gives it an additional year in large Slavonian oak, making for an astonishing five-year stint in barrel before the requisite long resting period in bottle. In line with Bea’s other 2012s, this Cerrete evokes autumn in its warmly spicy nose, its notes of fresh tobacco and moist soil, and its mellow, caressing fruit character. The greatness of the site expresses itself in a level of finesse that Bea’s other wines, magnificent though they are, cannot quite attain.
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.