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Review: 2015 Domaine Vetriccie Corse Rouge

Sicily seems to be getting all the love these days from fans of off the beaten path grapes, and why shouldn’t it? Full of indigenous varietals, great topography and volcanic soils, it is indeed fabulous. However, we would also suggest checking out another Mediterranean island, Corsica. French, and probably best known as the birthplace of Napoleon, Corsica also has it ancient winemaking tradition and interesting varietals to explore. We recently sat down with the 2015 Domaine Vetriccie Corse Rouge. This blend of Syrah, Nielluccio (the Corsican name for Sangiovese) and Sciacarello is a easy drinking introduction to Corsican wine.

Dark garnet in the glass, with strawberry, rose, raspberry, and cherry on the nose. Up front, leather, cassis, cherry, and a honeyed note, with the mid-palate giving way to the red fruit,anise, followed by a short simple finish of berry and cherry. Medium body, medium tannins.

This wine was probably a year or so past its prime, thus explaining why it fell apart a bit on the end. Still, an excellent value and a great way to being to explore a region.

Charted Details:

Wine: 2015 Corse Rouge

From: Domaine Vetriccie, Corsica

ABV: 12.5%

Varietals: 45% Niellucciu, 35% Sciaccarellu, and 20% Syrah

Price: $15

Rating: 87 points

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