Giacomelli: New Vermentino!

Last week at Az. Agr. Giacomelli, Roberto Petacchi debuted his new Vermentino Colli di Luni Giardini dei Vescovi 2016. This new label is born from a project started in 2012 with the replanting of a vineyard in a truly exquisite location, a "clos" (Giardino dei Vescovi means the Bishops' Garden) just outside the historic center of Castelnuovo Magra, where the Bishops from the XVI century cultivated herbs and vineyards. About an acre in size it slopes on a foothill of the Apuan Alps looking south six kilomoters and exposed to the sunsets and consistent winds of the Ligurian Sea. Robert felt strongly that this storied special terroir deserved his best efforts. His first decision was to propagate the vineyard from the old Vermentino vines growing there for over 250 years. He restructured and retained the original terracing and walls as well, even though this ensured that all care would have to be difgficult and by hand. With vines still young only 1500 bottles were produced of the 2016, slightly more for the following vintage. Already it is clear that this is a unique Vermentino, deep aromas of sage, rosemary and thyme, a hint of white pepper, sapid and saline in a leesy harmony.