About the Wine
The 2012 Arboreus from Paolo Bea is a minerality driven orange wine from Umbria, Italy. Arboreus originates from exceedingly old Trebbiano vines up to 140 years of age in the village of Spoleto. The wine acquires an amber, orange color from a process called maceration. Skin contact is another term for maceration, or the period during winemaking when the grape skins remain in contact with the juice.
On the nose, fresh apricot, orange zest, stone fruits, honey, marzipan, and bitter almonds. The palate features dry extract, with low medium acidity, fine tannins, and a core of savory minerals with the marzipan and apricot notes echoing strongly.
As a dry white wine, this Trebbiano can be paired with a variety of foods. Some of my favorite include hard Italian cheeses, seafood pastas, white pizza, roast chicken and even Italian Pesto.
The Wine Down
This is one of those show stopper wines. Everything about it, the bottle, the color in the glass, the smell, and the flavors on the palate. Arboreus should be served at cellar temperature to appreciate its full spectrum of aromas and flavors.