Warmly spicy nose, with notes of fresh tobacco and moist soil. Elegant, with red and dark fruit characters. The greatness of the site expresses itself in the incredible finesse of this wine.
The Bea family has owned a parcel in Cerrete, the highest-altitude vineyard in Montefalco, for some time, but it wasn’t until the 2007 vintage that Giampiero deemed the vines old enough to do justice to the cru’s potential. With its poor, mineral-rich soils and its acidity-preserving altitude (450 to 500 meters), Cerrete yields a wine not more powerful than Bea’s other pure-Sagrantino titan “Pagliaro,” but with greater nuance and a finer expression of detail. In acknowledgment of its stature, Giampiero gives it an additional year in large Slavonian oak, for a five-year elevage in barrel before the requisite long resting period in bottle.