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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.

One of the early success stories in the modern-day revival of skin-macerated white wines, Bea’s beloved “Arboreus” originates from exceedingly old Trebbiano vines (up to 150 years of age) in the village of Spoleto, halfway between Bea’s home village of Montefalco and nearby Trevi. A striking instance of non-standard training, these ancient vines wrap themselves around the trunks and branches of trees (hence the wine’s name), growing and ripening high above the ground. Bea picks the fruit quite ripe, and conducts an extended skin maceration (in the case of the 2015, 22 days), after which he leaves the wine on its gross lees for the several additional months—a technique that nourishes the wine and ensures its ultimate expressive depth, but one which requires supreme confidence in the quality of one’s raw materials.

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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