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Paolo Bea 'Santa Chiara' Bianco, Umbria, Italy 2020

  • $74.00

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GRECHETTO, MALVASIA, SAUVIGNON, GARGENEGA, and CHARDONNAY
TART & FRESH and MINERAL
ORGANIC FARMING
NATURAL WINE and COLLECTIBLE & CELLAR-WORTHY
UMBRIA
ITALY

Paolo Bea 2020 'Santa Chiara' Bianco, Umbria, Italy

One of the early success stories in the modern-day revival of skin-macerated white wines, Bea’s beloved “Arboreus” originates from exceedingly old Trebbiano vines in the village of Spoleto. A striking instance of non-standard training, these ancient vines wrap themselves around the trunks and branches of trees (hence the wine’s name), growing and ripening high above the ground. The wine's palate is chiseled, markedly tannic (though well-balanced), and driven by resonant acidity, with the marzipan and apricot notes echoing strongly.

  • Winemaker: Paolo Bea
  • Farming: Organic
  • Variety: Grechetto (20%), Malvasia (20%), Sauvignon (20%), Garganega (20%), Chardonnay (20%)
  • Terroir: From the the Pagliaro vineyard, which faces south and southwest at 1,300 feet above sea level. Limestone-clay and gravel soils with 20+ year old cordon-trained vines.
  • Vinification: After crushing and destemming, wine ferments spontaneously in stainless-steel tanks, spending at least 2 weeks on its skins. The wine is then pressed using a vertical basket press. The wine spends 12-20 months on lees, with Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in tank following alcoholic fermentation
  • Aging: 12-20 months in stainless-steel tanks. Unfined, unfiltered, no added sulfur with 40-55 mg/l total sulfur.