2020 Domaine Poli Sciacca + Nielluc Island of Rosé, Ile de Beauté IGP, Corsica, France (750ml)

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In 2005, Eric Poli bought 7.4 acres of old-vine Niellucciu and Vermentino in the heart of Patrimonio—the oldest appellation on this mountainous island of Corsica—in addition to 108 acres outside of Linguizzetta, his hometown on the east coast of the island. Today, he not only manages the vineyards he planted near his family’s estate, but also oversees Clos Alivu’s 11.7 acres and 86.5 acres for his wife’s family estate (Clos Teddi) and makes the wines for all three.

Eric farms his vines organically, though without certification. Niellucciu (genetically linked to Sangiovese), thrives on the island of Corsica and although yields are limited, results in wines with more freshness and finesse than those made from its Tuscan cousin. Corsica’s secondary red cépage, Sciaccarellu, is the descendant of another Tuscan variety: Mammolo, primarily a blending grape for red wines, it often results in high-toned, floral and fruity rosés.

A blend of 70% Sciaccarellu and 30% Niellucciu, this rosé was produced using both Saignée and pressurage. The juice was vinified in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks and underwent malolactic fermentation.

Pale peach tint. Clean aromatics of red berries and chalk. The palate explodes with intense flavors of pineberry, ruby red grapefruit and raspberry. The finish is long and fruity, with a beautiful minerality and lip-smacking acidity.

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