Rosso de Véo, Paolo Bea, 2006

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100% Sagrantino, a grape native to Umbria, which is bold, bloody, and old. Old in taste as in mulled cinnamon syrup and deep tannins,  but also that it’s been around for centuries (est. around 1549) and has been used as a sacramental wine for monks as well as for the local religious festivals. Not to be confused with Sangiovese of Tuscany, this grape is incredibly dark in the glass, almost black with tons of character- it is not light drinking. Although I imagine there are areas that produce lighter styles, Rosso de Veo had to be decanted for about an hour before we decided to attack it, with food (awesome times at ES by the way). Apparently this grape has also been widely used for dessert wines, which helps explain its intensity.

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