Paolo Bea

Pagliaro Secco Montefalco Sagrantino

9.3635 ratings
9.3157 pro ratings
Montefalco, Perugia, Umbria, Italy
Sagrantino
Top Notes For
Jay Kline

Slow-ox’d two hours prior and then decanted briefly before serving. Tart, under-ripened plums; fresh herbs; sandal wood; tomatillos; freshly un-canned racquetballs; baking spices; eucalyptus; cardamom. Spellbinding stuff. On the palate, dark fruits are so tightly packed and almost completely ensconced by a wall of tannin. There is so much power behind it though and it’s somehow enjoyable despite tannin. Obviously and almost painfully primary at this juncture in its very young life. The finish is looooooong and there’s a striking sensation of pure baking cocoa right at the death of it. What a wild and utterly captivating wine! The 15% ABV is superbly hidden and almost hard to believe. Considering the complexity and structure, I wouldn’t be surprised if well stored examples of these could drink through 2040 and beyond. The Bea family continue to endear themselves to me with wines like this. This was markedly better than the 2008 Pagliaro we drank last week.

Slow-ox’d two hours prior and then decanted briefly before serving. Tart, under-ripened plums; fresh herbs; sandal wood; tomatillos; freshly un-canned racquetballs; baking spices; eucalyptus; cardamom. Spellbinding stuff. On the palate, dark fruits are so tightly packed and almost completely ensconced by a wall of tannin. There is so much power behind it though and it’s somehow enjoyable despite tannin. Obviously and almost painfully primary at this juncture in its very young life. The finish is looooooong and there’s a striking sensation of pure baking cocoa right at the death of it. What a wild and utterly captivating wine! The 15% ABV is superbly hidden and almost hard to believe. Considering the complexity and structure, I wouldn’t be surprised if well stored examples of these could drink through 2040 and beyond. The Bea family continue to endear themselves to me with wines like this. This was markedly better than the 2008 Pagliaro we drank last week.

Mar 10th, 2018
Jay Kline

After two corked Rosso de Veo’s...I popped this in frustration. Intense dark and red fruits. Pretty wound up for being a ten year old. Drink with patience or hold.

After two corked Rosso de Veo’s...I popped this in frustration. Intense dark and red fruits. Pretty wound up for being a ten year old. Drink with patience or hold.

Mar 4th, 2018
Drew Summers

Sales Northampton Wines

9.3

Yep...

Yep...

Sep 24th, 2017
Brandon Chew

No tannins. Perfumes. Vanilla, raspberries, hint of almonds. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.

No tannins. Perfumes. Vanilla, raspberries, hint of almonds. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.

3 people found it helpfulJun 22nd, 2015
Jay McInerney

Novelist, Wine Critic Town & Country, Expensive Wino & Gastronaut

9.2

Deep and ripe. Blackberry fruit. Tannins totally melted. Friendly but not subtle.

Deep and ripe. Blackberry fruit. Tannins totally melted. Friendly but not subtle.

3 people found it helpfulNov 10th, 2014
Peter Giles

Big Beauty. What a nose/What a finish

Big Beauty. What a nose/What a finish

1 person found it helpfulNov 1st, 2015
Jeffrey Narlinger

Delightful

Delightful

1 person found it helpfulOct 9th, 2015
Ebbe Bonde Soerensen

A Cult wine not cheap either. Bought it in a Resto/Wineshop in Montefalco. We drank the wine without food, color fantastic deep, nose mindblowing and the taste does this get any better, my best ever.

A Cult wine not cheap either. Bought it in a Resto/Wineshop in Montefalco. We drank the wine without food, color fantastic deep, nose mindblowing and the taste does this get any better, my best ever.

1 person found it helpfulSep 14th, 2015
Susan Mayberry

Still a fav!!

Still a fav!!

1 person found it helpfulSep 6th, 2015
Eliza Shamshian

Holy shit this is awesome. Funky, barnyard-y delicious goodness

Holy shit this is awesome. Funky, barnyard-y delicious goodness

1 person found it helpfulAug 17th, 2015