Paolo Bea Santa Chiara 2017
Long before the craze for orange wine, Paolo Bea was Umbria's most venerated natural wine producer. In recent years, his fame has grown exponentially but his devotion to hands-off winemaking endures. Bea's wines can differ significantly from year to year because they are so reflective of that year's harvest. Bea is a conscientious farmer but a non-interventionist vinifier. He embraces year to year differences rather than attempt to make everything taste the same. This courage makes his white blend Santa Chiara so fascinating--and delicious! It literally swaggers out of the bottle.