Thursday, March 13, 2014

Paolo Bea Winery Visit, February 22, 2014

The last time I went to visit Bea’s winery was in early 2008.  The winery was under major construction and Giampiero was quite tense about the situation.  He asked us not to photograph the new winery and wasn’t thrilled about my friend Rebecca (aka and her giant video camera being in the old tasting room.  After he got to know her, he softened up though and enjoyed being filmed.
You can check out the post, though the video was removed because Caprai found it problematic.

fireplace in new tasting room

new tasting room
On this visit, 8 years later the winery is very close to being done, though there wasn’t a table in the nice new tasting room, therefore we still had to do the tasting in the little, old, cold, barrel room. 
old tasting room
Let’s hope that next time, who know when that will be, we will be able to finally enjoy the new tasting room.
new tasting room
ultra modern waiting room of office
front detached area of winery
The old tasting room has it’s charm and history, but it is also the entry into the family home and let’s just say that there isn’t a warm & friendly
kitchen of new tasting room
vibe in there.
back of winery
front of winery
travertine wall 
various vats

The work that Giampiero has put into this winery and attention to detail is exquisite to say the least.  I believe that it is a completely sustainable winery.
front of Paolo Bea Winery

I have always been a fan of Bea’s reds, and his Sagrantino is one of the best in Montefalco. 
Though recently his Santa Chiara white blend, and what a blend it is, has been getting a lot of attention.

window in front of elevator
We quickly tasted through all the wines with Mercedes our winery host.  I have to say that first off I’m not a fan of blends, especially when there is more that 3 grapes.  Even after being a sommelier, or wine aficionado, as I prefer to call it, I find blends confusing.  Santa Chiara 2011 is a blend of Grechetto, Malvasia, Garganega, and Chardonnay!  I found it easy to drink and quite dry on the finish, but it just didn’t do anything for me.

 What I did like was the Arboreus 2010, which is a single varietal 100% Trebbiano Spoletino.  Local makes good! The nose was really nice, almost smoky, though might be a little difficult to pair with food.
Trebbiano Spoletino

The 2007 San Valentino Montefalco Rosso really tasted well, as was the 2006 Pipparello, aka, Montefalco Rosso Riserva.
The Pagliaro 2006 was too oxidized to get a feel for it, and the 2005 (which had been opened almost 3 weeks prior was still drinkable but faded.

The Passito was nice, and still drinking well even after being opened a month ago.
my tasting notes

the line up of Bea's wines
unique design of drying racks for the Sagrantino grapes

Sagrantino grapes as raisins on the straw racks
walkway entry

detail of the Sagrantino in their final phase 
back of winery

the labels available to take as reference
the green heart of Italy, a fantastic view from the tasting room of Paolo Bea Winery in Montefalco

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