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Paola Bea Montefalco Pipparelo Rosso Ris 750ML 2004
Sku: 18552
The 2004 Montefalco Rosso Riserva Pipparello offers greater density, richness and polish than the San Vincenzo, with sweet notes of candied cherries and flowers that waft out of its mi ...more
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Country: Italy
Region: Umbria
Type: Still wine
Reg. $73.99
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The 2004 Montefalco Rosso Riserva Pipparello offers greater density, richness and polish than the San Vincenzo, with sweet notes of candied cherries and flowers that waft out of its mid-weight, ethereal frame. Two years in oak gives this wine nuances that are slightly more forward than the San Vincenzo, and it, too, is probably best enjoyed over the next few years. Here the vineyard is approximately 22 years old. The blend is 60% Sangiovese, 25% Montepulciano, and 15% Sagrantino. The wine was macerated on the skins for 45 days and spent about two years in large, neutral casks. Anticipated maturity. 2009-2014. My visit with Giampiero Bea was illuminating, as we spent several hours tasting through virtually every wine in the cellar. Bea has a number of promising wines in cask that should satisfy the cravings of his most passionate fans. Among the wines that will be released in coming years is a new Sagrantino from the Rignano vineyard which is a stone’s throw from the winery. The new cellar, still under construction, is decidedly stark and minimalist in style. Bea pursues a natural, non-interventionalist approach. The wines undergo fermentation without temperature control, using only ambient yeasts. Malolactic fermentation takes place in steel, though here, too, the timing and pace is dictated by nature. The wines are neither fined nor filtered prior to being bottled, and all important operations are undertaken according to the lunar calendar. To be sure, this is high-risk winemaking. The results can be striking, but they can also be quite variable when nature decides to be capricious. Bea prefers hot vintages such as 2003 and 2007, so it is no surprise he is most excited about those vintages. While those wines certainly possess impressive concentration, my sense is he might be able to do more in less favorable years like 2004 and 2005, where some of the wines lack a touch of depth. Bea’s labels contain a wealth of information about the vintage and how each wine was made, although the notes are only printed in Italian. Longtime fans of the wines will notice that in recent years the specific names of the vineyards have taken greater prominence in the labels. The Bea wines are all about subtlety, grace and elegance. At their best, they are among the finest wines to emerge from Montefalco, and Italy, for that matter.
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