Paolo Bea 2019 'Santa Chiara' Pagliaro Vineyard, Umbria Bianco IGT
Item Number: 18219
Sub Region: Umbria
Appellation/AVA: Umbria IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Pagliaro Vineyard
Grape(s): 20% Grachetto / 20% Malvasia / 20% Chardonnay / 20% Sauvignon / 20% Garganega
Type: Wine - Orange
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Limestone-clay and gravel
Elevation: 1,300 feet
Case Production: 375
Winemaking Notes: This blend comes from the Pagliaro Vineyard, a site with alternating layers of gravel and clay at 1,300 feet above sea level with both east and southwest facing parcels. The juice is blended after crushing. Fermentation occurs spontaneously in small stainless steel vats at low temperatures and spends at least two weeks on its skins. Malolactic fermentation is also spontaneous, in tank following alcoholic fermentation. Two rackings are done early in the fermentation process to remove the heavy deposits and a third is done after three weeks. This wine is then left on the fine lees in stainless steel for one year before being bottled.
Tasting Note: Compared to the relatively racy Bea Arboreus and the typically chiseled Bea Lapideus, the Santa Chiara often swaggers out of the bottle with macerated peaches, brassy spice notes, a liberal dash of white pepper, and candied citrus. Despite its somewhat explosive and brash personality, it possesses terrific drive and a focused, tannin-derived sense of architecture.