2011 saw a torrid, hot vintage in Umbria, but Paolo Bea thrives in ripe years, and this ’11 Pagliaro is a brambly, beautiful beast. Fistfuls of blue and black fruits dance against a backdrop of new leather, tarry earth, licorice, balsamic herbs and potpourri in this intense, dense and detailed wine. The ’11 Pagliaro layers its fruits with spices and minerals as it oozes across the palate, but for all its concentration, the wine feels nimble and powerful, thanks to its mighty acidity and a serious mineral core. Bold and unabashedly sensual, this Pagliaro is enjoyable upon release, but it has the stuffing to drink for years and years.
Hand crafted from organically grown Sagrantino, the grapes macerate for about 40 days and age for ten months in stainless steel, followed by about two years in used oak.
Fewer than 1,500 cases produced.