Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco "Vigneto Cerrete" 2010

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Cerrete is Bea's highest elevation vineyard. Neil Rosenthal writes that it is "perhaps the greatest combination of height and exposition in the appellation." I remember having lunch with Giampiero Bea (Paolo's son) many years ago and hearing him talk excitedly about Cerrete's potential and how carefully they selected the site. Calling it Bea's Grand Cru is simplistic, for sure, but not inaccurate.

A big part of what makes Cerrete so special is the elevation. The elevation brings out a wild intensity along with lift and elegance. The combination is killer. Compared to the Sagrantino Pagliaro that we love, Cerrete is both more explosively complex and lighter on its feet.

Like many other places, 2010 in Umbria is a story of low yields, concentration and crystal-clear freshness and minerality. The 2010 Cerrete really amazes with its vibrancy and subtle shavings of wildness. This is a wine that showcases an untamed beauty and complexity, but there's also a finessed regal side. The tension between the two is captivating.