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I am “always happy” hanging out with Simon and Sarah Giacometti. During harvest in August, I met up with them at the Arenas’ compound in downtown Patrimonio to taste all their new releases and break bread with them and the Arenas. I’ve met few people, and few wines, easier to get along with. This red is the Giacomettis’ pure Sciaccarellu cuvée from the arid granite of the Agriate where they live, west of Patrimonio along the sea. It brings a lot of voluptuousness and hedonistic pleasure to the normally reserved, fresh crunch of the Sciaccarellu grape. As the label implies, it is quite simply a feel-good wine.
|Vineyard:||10 to 45 years, 35 ha total|
|Aging:||Aged for 10 months on fine lees in stainless steel tank|
For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.