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Corsican Reds

by Chris Santini

Buy this collection (3 bottles)

$100.00
Corsican Reds - Chris Santini
Corsican Reds - Chris Santini

Funny how far the pendulum swings sometimes. Twenty years ago, if a red wine wasn’t rich, black, oaky, dense, and with a high score, many didn’t even want to hear about it. Now, some won’t give a wine a chance unless it is fresh, light, easy, and off the radar. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for fresher, livelier reds with whole-cluster fermentation, lighter extraction, and less new wood. But let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater. At times you need a wine you can chew on a bit. It’d be a shame to open a Bandol or a Châteauneuf-du-Pape and not taste that deep, lavish juice we all love. I certainly wouldn’t want to eat a hearty bœuf bourguignon every other day, but now and then, it’s just what the doctor ordered.
                These three Corsican reds are resolutely old-school: dark, full-bodied, juicy, and proud of it. The Maestracci E Prove, one of our longest-running reds from Corsica, ages a few years in large wooden casks to tame its wild, animal side. At four years old, it has mellowed and shows great class, especially for its price. The Giacometti Cuvée Sarah, an aromatic mix of roasted, smoking herbs with plenty of tannins to chew on, goes down with pleasure and calls for another round (and a grill). The final of the trio, Antoine-Marie Arena’s Carco, is perhaps the finest and stateliest of the bunch. The bottle holds a fair share of sunshine and exhibits a noble, Tuscan-like quality.





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