The name Eric Poli is almost synonymous with Corsican wine. In addition to working as director at Domaine de Piana, his family’s 75-acre estate on Corsica’s East Coast, in 2005 Eric bought 7.4 acres of old-vine Niellucciu and Vermentino in the heart of Patrimonio (the oldest appellation on the mountainous island of Corsica) and 108 acres just outside his hometown of Linguizzetta. Today, he not only manages these vineyards, but also oversees 86.5 acres for his wife’s family estate, Clos Teddi, as well as Clos Alivu’s 11.7 acres, making the wines for all three.
Clos Alivu only grows grape varieties the Corsicans consider native to Corsica*: Vermentino for its white wines and Niellucciu for its reds and rosés. Protected by the maritime influences of the Golfe de Saint-Florent, the vines cultivated on the Petra Bianca (soils rich in silica, alumina and potash) of Patrimonio’s hillsides rarely require treatment of any kind, so Eric farms his vines organically. Niellucciu, which has been genetically linked to Sangiovese, thrives on the island of Corsica and although the yields are low, results in wines with more freshness and finesse than those made from its Tuscan cousin.
100% Niellucciu from 55-year-old vines. Produced entirely from direct press juice, the grapes were destemmed and pressed to temperature-controlled stainless-steel vats. Fermentation lasted approximately three weeks with twice daily pump-overs. No malolactic fermentation, élevage in stainless steel; the finished wine was bottled in February.
Palest pink color. Delicate aromas of red berries. The palate is bright and focused with flavors of raspberry and rhubarb, with a nice, crisp finish. It is the perfect accompaniment to both warm sunny days and sizzling summer nights!
*Grape vine genetics are exceedingly complex and often disputed.