Paolo Bea Montefalco Sagrantino Secco Vigneto Pagliaro 2015
The top red cuvee from natural wine pioneer Paolo Bea is a blend of Sangiovese and Sagrantino, the varietal most closely associated with his beloved Umbria. Bea ages the wine a year in stainless steel tanks and then two years in large oak barrels and is released after an additional year of bottle-aging. The result is bold yet structured and emblematic of the place the winemaker's family has lived since 1500. The 2015 has a jaw-dropping intensity, so intoxicating so far reaching, so evocative, that you really have to taste it to believe it.