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2012 Paolo Bea 'Pipparello' Montefalco DOC Riserva

Umbria, Italy

The Pipparello vineyard, after which this wine is named is clay and gravel and the vines are at least 20 years old. A blend of 60% Sangiovese, 25% Montepulciano and 15% Sagrantino, the wine spends 12 months in stainless steel tanks, followed by 2 years in oak and 1 year in bottle before release. Dark ruby red in colour. Aromas of red cherries and plums with notes of liquorice and earth. On the palate, intense smooth texture with elegant acidity leading to a persistent finish. 15% abv.

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About the maker

From deep in the hills of Montefalco in the central Italian province of Perugia, father and sons Paolo, Giampiero and Giuseppe Bea produce some of Italy’s most powerful and age-worthy wines.

The wines produced by Paolo and Giampiero Bea exemplify their philosophy that ‘nature should be observed, heard,
understood, not dominated.’ This approach defines every step of the wine-making process. Vines are masale-selected and managed in accordance with the lunar calendar, and interspersed with orchards, wild herbs, forests and olive trees. Organic compost is applied every 2-3 years, with algae, propolis (derived from beeswax) and herbal teas used in preference to the copper and sulphur sprays allowed in organic viticulture. Harvests are picked and sorted by hand, ferments are spontaneous, temperature controls are avoided and no sulphur additions. Long periods of skin-contact vary from 16 days for the Arboreus Trebbiano to 49 days for the Montefalco Riserva.
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