When I saw Sagrantino -maker Filippo Antonelli last month he told me that our friend, Giampiero Bea was in a tempest. It seems as if Davero, (the brand that I helped out with the 2008 Sagrantino) had issued a wine by the name of Rosso Di Bea.
As it happens two weeks later I saw Giampiero at The Real Fair. I hadn't seen him since 2006 and was so happy to reconnect. He pulled me aside and sure enough, he asked me, "Can you do something?"
A name is everything in Italy. But to the Bea's, Ridgely's Rosso di B is way too close Rosso de V, but the real cause for angst, was the taking of the Bea name. There is only one Bea, and only one Bea connected to Montefalco, and the wines are Umbrian wines are both expensive in cost and princely in taste.
When I contacted Ridgely he confirmed what I had assumed. "We made the wine only once,(2007) as an homage to a great wine from a great winemaker that changed my life. No intent to use the name ever again. Really, really sorry they didn't understand that."