We really enjoy the wines of Corsica, their Mediterranean climate is perfect for producing fresh, acid-driven wines. A great example is today’s Rosé from Clos Fornelli. The color of the wine is reminiscent of a Corsican clementine (pale orange) and the body of the wine has subtle fruit notes, think blood orange. The acid gives this wine a tart, crisp and lively presence on the palate while remaining dry. Perfect for Mediterranean dishes like fresh fish over polenta.
From vines near the eastern coast of Corsica, below the massif of Castagniccia. The proximity of the sea protects the vineyard from excessive drought, while the neighboring mountains (which reach a height of more than 2500 meters) generate cool air at night that refreshes the grapes and allows them to recover from the stress of the day time heat.
Their winemaking philosophy is straightforward and lends itself to a style that speaks of the place with a clear voice of each grape’s primary characteristics, with little intervention. The fermentations are all-natural and the wines are bottled after a short time in a vat with sulfites kept to a minimum.
Clos Fornelli Corsica Rosé 2018
Shelf Price $14.99
Sale Price $7.97
91 pts Vinous
Pale brilliant orange. Mineral-accented red berry, pit fruit, and citrus fruit aromas, along with subtle floral and herb flourishes. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering sharply delineated blood orange and raspberry flavors that deepen on the back half. The mineral quality comes back on the finish, adding nervy cut to lingering red fruit and fennel notes. Drink 2019-2022.