Paolo Bea Grand Cru:
2011 Bea Montefalco Sagrantino Secco Vigneto Cerrete

Posted by Joe Salamone

"Perhaps the greatest combination of height and exposition in the appellation." -Neal Rosenthal

To say that Cerrete Bea's Grand Cru is simplistic, for sure, but not inaccurate.

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.

Cerrete is Bea's highest elevation vineyard. 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.

There's an elusive magic to the wine's mysterious depth and soulfulness. It's one of the most singular wines that we know.

The 2011 is magnificent and imposing. The year was very warm and you sense this in the wine's colossal scale and explosiveness. However, Cerrete's elevation gives the wine a sense of freshness and agility that adds to the fascination.

Bea has a cult following and Cerrete is very limited. We don't expect our modest 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