Paolo Bea Montefalco Rosso Riserva Pipparello 2012
Get to know a legend: a Montefalco Riserva red from Paolo Bea, who has been making low-intervention wines long before they were trendy. Pipparello displays Bea’s skillful touch with Sangiovese, which achieves a wilder and more powerful expression here than in neighboring Tuscany. At 400 meters, the Pipparello Vineyard sits on clay and gravel soils. 60% Sangiovese, 25% Montepulciano and 15% Sagrantino. An autumnal, brooding nose evokes pipe tobacco and dried flowers, lurching from the glass like a bear awakened from slumber. The palate is massively scaled, full of brawny tannins daring the fruit to restrain them, yet there is amazingly a great sense of freshness and signature Bea acidity at the wine’s core.