From the Importer: Bea produces perhaps his most renowned wine from pure Sagrantino grown on the prized hilltop site of “Pagliaro,” situated at 1300 feet above sea level in Montefalco proper. In keeping with the wines above, this vintage of “Pagliaro” maintains equilibrium and freshness in the face of its scorching season of origin. Sagrantino’s fruit character can sometimes be midnight-black, but the 2012 hints at cherry liqueur, offering a bit of brightness amidst the usual spicy savagery. An autumnal spirit permeates the wine, with aromas and flavors of fallen leaves, fresh pipe tobacco, and woodsmoke. “Pagliaro” is never light and never polite, but the tannins on this 2012 manage to be digestible and balanced—although there is enough structure to reward some cellaring, to be sure.