Paolo Bea, Grand Cru: 2010 Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco "Vigneto Cerrete"

Posted by Joe Salamone

Bea's wines boast an untamed complexity with a shocking, undeniable and singular nobility.

The Cerrete takes all of this to a new level.

Bea's Cerrete first debuted in 2007, and it quickly became clear this was a special wine. The 2010 is dazzling.

Cerrete is Bea's highest elevation vineyard. Neil Rosenthal writes that it is "perhaps the greatest combination of height and exposition in the appellation." I remember having lunch with Giampiero Bea (Paolo's son) many years ago and hearing him talk excitedly about Cerrete's potential and how carefully they selected the site. Calling it Bea's Grand Cru is simplistic, for sure, but not inaccurate.

A big part of what makes Cerrete so special is the elevation. The elevation brings out a wild intensity along with lift and elegance. The combination is killer. Compared to the Sagrantino Pagliaro that we love, Cerrete is both more explosively complex and lighter on its feet.

Like many other places, 2010 in Umbria is a story of low yields, concentration and crystal-clear freshness and minerality. The 2010 Cerrete really amazes with its vibrancy and subtle shavings of wildness. This is a wine that showcases an untamed beauty and complexity, but there's also a finessed regal side. The tension between the two is captivating.

Bea has a cult following and Cerrete is very limited. We don't expect our allocation to stick around for long. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits