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Paolo Bea, 'Arboreus' Trebbiano Spoletino Bianco, Umbria IGT, Italy, 2015

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Overview of the Wine
References in the archives of Montefalco, the beautiful hill town in Umbria, document the presence of the Bea family in this locality as early as 1500. This tiny estate is the classic Italian fattoria, producing wine, raising farm animals for trade and home consumption and working the land to produce olives, fruits and vegetables. To this day, the Bea family raises and produces much of what they consume on a daily basis. Paolo Bea, the senior member of the family, is the guiding force behind the production of this series of intense and idiosyncratic wines. He is assisted by his two sons, Giuseppe, who farms the vineyards, and Giampiero, who assists in the vinification and is responsible for all commercial aspects of the winery.

Organic and Biodynamic.

Grape / Blend

Umbria IGT, Italy

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Umbria Bianco Arboreus is made from a Trebbiano clone known as Trebbiano Spoletino which is trained so that the fruit hangs high above the ground. The vineyards are planted in the low hills between Trevi and Montefalco at an elevation of 650 to 700 feet with a range of parcels facing both to the east and to the southwest. The soil is essentially clay and gravel. Harvest generally occurs during the first two weeks of October. The wine is left in contact with the skins for up to three weeks or more and is then aged in stainless steel tanks for at least two years prior to bottling. Sulfur is never added. Annual production is in the range of 3000 bottles.

If “Arboreus” is a sea to swim in, “Lapideus” is a rocket to ride, emphasizing drive and lift over layered density. It is still a wine of impressive power, especially given its modest 12% alcohol, but the fruit is more direct, pure, and foregrounded. So often the so-called “orange wines” seem to stand alone, iconoclastic creations that defy fine-tuned peer-group comparisons and revel in their singular personalities.

95 Points - Ian Blackburn
Holy Tomato Salad!  This is more of an Orange wine than a Bianco but made from white varietals - call it what you will.  This is like taking a stroll through a fresh garden of wild tomato plants - wild herbs, citrus peals - very savory and thirst quenching, you will love it!  Blind, I might think it had more red wine features - its optimal with pasta's, carpaccio, burrata, and yes tomato salads....So great with italian pasta, pizza and appetizers!  Great dimension, balance and concentration... serve chilled with the best of cuisine!  Color 13.5/15, Aroma 24.5/25, Body 24.5/25, Overall 33.5/35 -=95 points but only for the adventurous 

Product size: 750ml

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