Paolo Bea “Cerrete” Montefalco Sagrantino Secco 2015 750ml

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With its poor, mineral-rich soils and its acidity-preserving altitude (450 to 500 meters), Cerrete—the highest-altitude vineyard in Montefalco—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, making for an astonishing five-year stint in barrel before the requisite long resting period in bottle. This 2015 offers a nose of near psychedelic complexity, with a subtle dose of volatility rocket-boosting the usual panoply of spices. Boisterous but not aggressive on the palate, it finishes with nearly unreal persistence and length.