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2016 Paolo Bea Santa Chiara Umbria Bianco
/ Single Bottle
Another longstanding skin-contact favorite in the Bea lineup, “Santa Chiara” is the easygoing younger brother of the more inward and serious “Arboreus.” Produced from equal parts Grechetto, Garganega, Malvasia, Sauvignon, and Chardonnay, from a small parcel in the great “Pagliaro” vineyard, it still spends several weeks on its skins, yet with a briefer elevage in steel. This 2016 is juicy and ripe, with beguiling aromas that lean toward the floral and spicy (as opposed to the more somber and earth-driven aromatics of “Arboreus”). It displays a bold tannic presence, but the palate is more delineated and perkier than that of the “Arboreus,” with vivid, crunchy pit fruits and lurking mineral heft. Like Bea’s peerless red wines, “Santa Chiara” is a wine of opposing forces, both exuberant and firm, both challenging and deeply delicious.