About The Wine
Granite is the most dominant geological feature for wine production on the island, but there are also areas dominated by schist and other metamorphic rocks (only in the north and eastern part of the island) and only a tad of limestone vineyard areas in the north’s Patrimonio, home to this wine grown on limestone and schist from a few different parcels. Manu and David’s Patrimonio A.D.N—DNA in French—is a blend of mostly Niellucciu (believed to be from the same parent material as Sangiovese), a grape with good acidity and structure, with smaller amounts of the more elegant and high-toned aromatic, Sciaccarellu. Limestone can make the whites more full and mineral, and the reds more masculine and powerful than the island’s southern wines, which are grown more on granite. In the shape of this wine, the limestone brings strength and roundness to the palate while the schist more deep mineral characteristics and angles.
The 2016 is especially refined for a Patrimonio red wine. The vintage was perfect for those who like good acidity in their wines and the palate texture is rich in mineral sensations. Overall the wine is an solid balance of the rustic and suave, with good upfront red fruits and already revealing great secondary and tertiary characteristics akin to a good Brunello, minus the power, pain and high alcohol. It’s a lovely wine and will be a great wine with food. This wine is a clear demonstration of the genetic and cultural heritage shared between Italy and France on Corsica.