October 2017—Our 45th Anniversary!
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|
In 1987, the Giacometti family boldly moved to the Agriates Desert, a large, rugged, empty swath of land between the Cap Corse and Calvi on the northern end of Corsica. They took over vines that had been planted in 1966, which authorities granted Patrimonio appellation status, even though the estate is several miles from the village of Patrimonio. The founder, Christian Giacometti, has gradually been handing over the reins to his daughter and son after 25 years of constant and heroic labor to make wine in an inhospitable land. They continue on with their unique and eminently drinkable style of Patrimonio, while experimenting with Sciaccarellu plantings (extremely rare for Patrimonio) and offering a glimpse of great things to come.
You don’t have to be rich to cellar a great wine.