50+ yr old Sciaccarellu aged in demi-muid and concrete egg. Wonderfully deep cherry/red raspberry fruit tone, with awesome spiciness and maquis derived wild herb qualities. There is a wonderful sense of freshness, brightness, and mineral drive, with the 15% alcohol not betraying any heat whatsoever. The texture is suavey suave. Explosive harmony is the name of the game here. This will be a delight to see evolve over the years. If you enjoy Chateauneuf du Pape in a redder fruit vein, with higher acidity and minerality than is often found there, sign up for this.
The Granit rouge is a remarkably powerful and elegant wine, a tricky feat of balance indeed. In its maquis spiced, deeply red fruited personality, finishing long and airy with lingering minerality, this is about as good of a high bar for Sciaccarellu’s potential as I could hope to offer. For lovers of Chateauneuf du Pape meets Pinot Noir, this is for you!! Based on the 2014 Granit blanc that I tasted last year, as well as other 2014s i’ve tasted from Corsica and Sicily, this one should be tremendous in its sense of classical balance…..