Paolo Bea Rosso San Valentino

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Winemaker: Paolo Bea

Appellation: Montefalco, Umbria

Grape Varieties: Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Sagrantino 

During a recent visit, Giampiero recounted a meeting with the famous Giuseppe Quintarelli, who told him that a proper mac- eration requires a minimum of two months—the first for ex- traction, and the second for elegance (the seeds apparently eat away chemically at the tannins’ rougher edges during this period)—and indeed in 2011 the San Valentino spent a full 60 days on its skins. Well-balanced even when approaching 15% alcohol, its exuberant nose is often a maelstrom of Indian spice, black fruits, and sandalwood, with a subtle yet crucial note of volatility, a classic Bea signature, adding lift to the primordial funk.

References in the archives of Montefalco, the beautiful hill town in Umbria, document the presence of the Bea family in this locality as early as 1500. This tiny estate is the classic Italian fattoria, producing wine, raising farm animals for trade and home consumption and working the land to produce olives, fruits and vegetables. To this day, the Bea family raises and produces much of what they consume on a daily basis. Paolo Bea, the senior member of the family, is the guiding force behind the production of this series of intense and idiosyncratic wines. He is assisted by his two sons, Giuseppe, who farms the vineyards, and Giampiero, who assists in the vinification and is responsible for all commercial aspects of the winery.

The entire property encompasses 15 hectares: 5 of which are dedicated to the vineyards, 2 to olives, and the remainder to the fruits, vegetables and grains that are grown. Sagrantino is the predominant grape, covering 60% of the vineyard surface. The remaining 40% is planted to Sangiovese and Montepulciano, with a small parcel planted to several white varieties. The vineyards are cultivated organically, all grapes are harvested manually and all wines are bottled without fining or filtration.