2019 Clos Signadore Patrimonio Rose

from Corsica, France

$40

This wine is light bodied, with aromas of dried lavender, dried red fruits.  On the palate there are flavors of sweet cherry, wild fresh strawberries, blood orange, and allspice.  Layers of unexpectedly savory flavors. 

 

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Corsica, France

Although closer to Italy, Corsica is an island in the Mediterranean Sea that has been under French rule since 1769 and considered alongside the other 26 regions of France. Corsica offers a variety of wines from dry white wines to subtle rosé’s and light reds; Generally made to be sipped young, chilled, and sitting on their world-renown picturesque beaches. Corsica’s influence from being close to Italy certainly shows as two of their predominant wines are the Italian classic grapes, Vermentino and Sangiovese. Even with a Mediterranean climate, winemakers here have expanded their diverse portfolio’s with grapes including Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, and Carignan. Key Corsica wine districts are Ajaccio, Patrimonio, Calvi, Sartene, Porto-Vecchio, Coteaux-du-Cap-Corse, Muscat-du-Cap-Corse, and Figari; All featuring their own winemaking styles. Enjoy these lovely Corsican wines as aperitifs or as an accompaniment to your Mediterranean meal. 

The Clos Signadore is located in Poggio d’Oletta, within the inland mountainous part of the Patrimonio AOC. The Clos is planted with 40 year old Niellucciu vines, the local red grape of Corsica, closely related to Sangiovese. In addition, there is also a small amount of Vermentinu for the white wines. The vines are divided among four distinct terroirs, which blend together to make a sum greater than the parts. Since the domaine was created, they have avoided the use of chemicals in the vineyards. They only use mechanical weeding, and no chemical products are sprayed on the soil. Since 2010, the domain has been in conversion to the organic AB certification. Christopher Ferrandis was born in Marseilles to a family with strong roots in Corsica. After working for several years at Domaine Pibarnon in Bandol, he moved to Corsica where he worked as a consultant for a cooperative. Through connections of his uncle who grew up in Corsica, he was able to find a few hectares of old vines that were available, and established the domain in 2001. 

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