Thomas Santamaria Patrimonio 2017
Thomas Patrimonio is the 6th generation to take over the estate, which, over the years, has acquired 30 hectares of vines across the island of Corsica, planted in schist and limestone soils. Previous generations farmed in the traditional ways, and never gave into outside pressure in regards to using herbicides and pesticides, which unfortunately became common in the 1970s. Thomas has begun to take that a step further. He maintains strict organic farming principles, and is looking at biodynamic treatments as well as following the lunar cycle for all vineyard work. Vinifications are just as traditional, with native yeast fermentations in stainless steel. All wines are unfined and unfiltered with a small addition of sulfur at bottling. This is Vermentino, with 2 hours of maceration on the skins, and it is arguably the top wine made at the estate. Classic and mineral, this serious and age-worthy. We cannot get enough of this wine.