Paolo Bea

San Valentino Sangiovese Blend

9.2443 ratings
9.1100 pro ratings
Umbria, Italy
Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Sagrantino
Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Beef, Venison, White Rice, Potato, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Pasta, Herbs, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Pungent Cheese, Chicken, Salami & Prosciutto, Soft Cheese, Duck, Tomato-Based, Pork, Chili & Hot Spicy, Lamb, Turkey, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Jay Kline

Pop and pour. Quite a bit of VA on the nose that never fully dissipated but the bottle was consumed too quickly to allow for it. Regardless, it wasn’t overwhelming for our palates and even some relative novices and Bea virgins remarked on how much they loved it. Dark fruits, very tightly coiled at this point with exotic spices. Firm tannins. Super duper young but a winner in a vintage when this was the only red wine that Bea produced. Really ought to have an extended decant. I’m a buyer...hoping to find more.

Pop and pour. Quite a bit of VA on the nose that never fully dissipated but the bottle was consumed too quickly to allow for it. Regardless, it wasn’t overwhelming for our palates and even some relative novices and Bea virgins remarked on how much they loved it. Dark fruits, very tightly coiled at this point with exotic spices. Firm tannins. Super duper young but a winner in a vintage when this was the only red wine that Bea produced. Really ought to have an extended decant. I’m a buyer...hoping to find more.

Mar 14th, 2020
Jeremy Shanker

Sommelier at RN74

9.0

Brett’s. Very good but really needs time to move towards greatness.

Brett’s. Very good but really needs time to move towards greatness.

Jun 16th, 2019
Jay Kline

Ripe cherries, pie spices and a hint of funk. Striking and yet charming at the same time. Drinking well already but would probably evolve favorably over the next 5+ years in a cool cellar.

Ripe cherries, pie spices and a hint of funk. Striking and yet charming at the same time. Drinking well already but would probably evolve favorably over the next 5+ years in a cool cellar.

Jun 10th, 2018
Eric Guido

Paolo Bea never ceases to amaze me. The 2011 San Valentino is gorgeous, showing an Autumnal persona, with a bouquet of crushed cherry, plum, and blood orange, giving way to notes of sweet mint, licorice, crushed fall leaves and black tea. On the palate, I found a zesty expression, sporting light yet energetic textures, as citrus-kissed sour cherry, sweet herbal tones and spice filled the senses. The finish was medium-long and literally thirst quenching, with mouthwatering acidity accentuating it's red fruits and lingering inner floral tones which faded slowly. An amazing "entry level" wine. #paolobea #montefalco #sagrantino

Paolo Bea never ceases to amaze me. The 2011 San Valentino is gorgeous, showing an Autumnal persona, with a bouquet of crushed cherry, plum, and blood orange, giving way to notes of sweet mint, licorice, crushed fall leaves and black tea. On the palate, I found a zesty expression, sporting light yet energetic textures, as citrus-kissed sour cherry, sweet herbal tones and spice filled the senses. The finish was medium-long and literally thirst quenching, with mouthwatering acidity accentuating it's red fruits and lingering inner floral tones which faded slowly. An amazing "entry level" wine. #paolobea #montefalco #sagrantino

Apr 29th, 2018
Jay Kline

Lovely, as always.

Lovely, as always.

Aug 26th, 2017
Jay Kline

As usual, Bea comes through.

As usual, Bea comes through.

Jul 31st, 2017
Joe Beddia

Great with food or without food. Clothing optional.

Great with food or without food. Clothing optional.

5 people found it helpfulNov 10th, 2015
Mike Lucia

Assistant Winemaker Copain Wines

9.3

Wow. Hits my cheek bones. So good

Wow. Hits my cheek bones. So good

2 people found it helpfulApr 16th, 2015
Sergio Licea

Blueberries, grape bubble gum, thyme, pine needles, balsamic, sea tart candies. Excellent acidity, perfect neutral texture for rich or light dishes. Excellent acidity, slight dusty tannin finish.

Blueberries, grape bubble gum, thyme, pine needles, balsamic, sea tart candies. Excellent acidity, perfect neutral texture for rich or light dishes. Excellent acidity, slight dusty tannin finish.

2 people found it helpfulOct 24th, 2014
Shengli Hu

Sourced from San Valentino vineyard in clay soil. 1300 feet altitude. 70/15/15 Sangiovese/Sagrantino/Montepulciano all from the 50-year-old vineyard. Extensive cuvaison - 30 days’ maceration before racking and malo. 3 years in stainless steel, 4-12 months in bottle. Sanguine, tart red cherry, juicy red berries, tangerine, licorice, italian herbs, iodine, meat. Elevated acid, med tannins. 12.5% abv.

Sourced from San Valentino vineyard in clay soil. 1300 feet altitude. 70/15/15 Sangiovese/Sagrantino/Montepulciano all from the 50-year-old vineyard. Extensive cuvaison - 30 days’ maceration before racking and malo. 3 years in stainless steel, 4-12 months in bottle. Sanguine, tart red cherry, juicy red berries, tangerine, licorice, italian herbs, iodine, meat. Elevated acid, med tannins. 12.5% abv.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 23rd, 2020