Paolo Bea Umbria Rosso San Valentino 2010


The Bea family, can be traced back as far as 1500 to the area of Montefalco, in the region of Umbria; an area not only known for Sangiovese but for Sagrantino. The entire property not only functions as a winery but as essentially as a farm, producing olive oil, vegetables and maintaining livestock. 

This wine is named after the San Valentino vineyard in Montefalco, from soil that is rich in clay. The composition is 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 15% Montepulciano, all from a 50-year old vineyards. Maceration usually lasts around 30 days before being racked, prior to malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged for 3 years in stainless steel and an additional 4 to 12 months in bottle before being released.

We embrace and enjoy the fact that San Valentino is declassified! It is a wine 'outside of the box'. Medium-bodied and focused, full of vine ripened raspberry and black tea, earthy with a hint of grit.