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|Appellation:||Muscat du Cap Corse|
|Vineyard:||Planted in 1982, 1992, 1995, 1 ha|
|Aging:||Muscat de Cap Corse Grotte di Sole is a muted wine that ages for 2 months in stainless steel tank|
The path to becoming a vigneron was a natural one for Jean-Baptiste Arena, son of famed Corsican producer Antoine Arena. Growing up at the family domaine in Patrimonio, Jean-Baptiste enjoyed constant exposure to the wine world, gaining invaluable experience through trips to Parisian wine bars and public tastings with vigneron friends all over Europe. While embracing his father’s respect for the land, Jean-Baptiste also has ideas of his own. “Two new cellars are in the works; mine is destined for stocking and aging, while I will continue to vinify in the family’s historic cellars.” The future is bright for this impassioned young talent, leaving no doubt the Arena legacy will live on through Jean-Baptiste.
I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.
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