Pagliaro, Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG, Paolo Bea, 2011
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 much of what they consume on a daily basis. “Nature should be observed, listened to and integrated, not dominated. Wine is not made by man but generated by nature! ... " Paolo Bea, the senior member of the family and a bit of an icon, is the guiding force behind the production of this series of intense and idiosyncratic wines. His two sons assist him. Giuseppe, who farms the vineyards, and Giampiero, who assists in the winemaking and is responsible for all commercial aspects of the winery.
The vineyards are cultivated organically, all grapes are harvested manually and all wines are bottled without fining or filtration.Tarry earth, pencil lead, peppery herbs, crushed violets, and baking spices in this 2011 vintage. Superb.