Jean Baptiste Arena Patrimonio Rouge Grotte di Sole (Corsica) 2015

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  • Type: Red
  • Producer: Jean Baptiste Arena
  • Varietal: Other Red Wines
  • Country: France
  • Region: French Country
  • Size: F - 750 ml
  • Bin: D0542
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"The dark cherry and black currant fruit has an edgy feel, with lots of bramble, holly and cassis bush notes rippling underneath. Tangy anise and sanguine accents line the finish, presenting a light hint of leather in the background." - Wine Spectator

Grotte de Sole: Meaning "sunny grottoes" in Corsican, this parcel takes its name from its direct southern facing exposure. As the name suggests, this terroir on clay limestone soils gives the ripest grapes from the property. Patrimonio Grotte di Sole Rouge (2 ha), 100% Niellucciu, and Patrimonio Grotte di Sole Blanc (1ha), 100% Vermentinu, both come from this parcel. These vines average 60 years of age, and are from the original holdings of the Arena family, going back to at least the 18th century. These wines tend to be rich and round, but Antoine takes pains to harvest early and never allows for excessive maturity.