Purveyors of fine grape juice
2013 Antoine Arena Carco Patrimonio Blanc corsica, france
$65

Like nearly all the land within the 500-ha Patrimonio appellation, this parcel has a limestone-rich chalk and clay soil.
The steep south-easterly-facing slope was originally planted with olive trees and Arena determined that it would make a great location to plant vines; the only drawback being that it was completely covered with limestone boulders, some gigantic!
Nevertheless Arena spent the better part of a year smashing, blasting, carrying and crushing the boulders resulting in a spectacular viticultural amphitheatre. The vineyard was planted to two hectares of native red Niellucciu grapes (related to Italy's Sangiovese) and one hectare of white Vermentinu.

Origin corsica, france
Year 2013
Varietal vermentino
Style elegant & complex