Sagrantino Passito, Paolo Bea
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Half-Bottle of Sagrantino Passito, Paolo Bea - 2010

Item # 26243 375mL

A stunning offering by the Paolo Bea estate: Sweet, with fruity aromas, reminiscent of persimmon, blackberries, and dried figs. It finishes smoothly, with a structured, tannic character. This backbone adds an entirely new dimension to the fruit and makes it an ideal partner to cheese plates. Try it, too, with seared duck breast and you'll be thrilled by the match.

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Staff Pick Notes

This is, simply put, the most astonishingly beautiful wine of any kind I have had the pleasure to taste in recent memory. The fact that it is an unusual dried-grape red dessert wine is almost an afterthought. I could talk a bit about the rarity and difficulty of the production process, dilate on the atypical style, or reel off a string of poetic taste-descriptors, but at the end the wine transcends analysis. This is not only vino da meditazione but what the great Italian wine writer Luigi Veronelli would have called vino da favola-- fable wine.

- MCW

About the Producer

Umbria, Italy 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...

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Sagrantino

One of Italy’s least-known noble grapes. Winemakers from the region of Umbria have worked to ensure that Sagrantino continues to be cultivated. The grape is made into the eponymous Sagrantino di Montefalco, as well as being a component of Rosso di Montefalco (the Rosso is mostly made up of Sangiovese, with Sagrantino adding depth and character). Sagrantino has the power and structure of the biggest wines in Italy, yet still shows opulent fruit redolent of mixed wild berries.

Umbria

This rugged inland province is famous not only for its wines but also the fine Umbrian truffles that are harvested here each year. Umbrian winemakers have worked tirelessly for the preservation of one of Italy’s least-known noble grapes, Sagrantino. Responsible for the eponymous Sagrantino di Montefalco as well as being a component of Rosso di Montefalco, Sagrantino has the power and structure of the biggest wines in Italy, yet still shows opulent fruit redolent of mixed wild berries. The Rosso...

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