Corsica is also capable of producing chillable reds that offer unique flavors—this lively blend of Sciaccarellu, Grenache, and Syrah is a perfect example of such a style from the Île de Beauté. Vigneronne Anne Amalric of Domaine de Marquiliani, an old olive mill on Corsica’s east coast, specialized in rosé (and olive oil) until crafting her first red from the 2015 vintage. Her second effort has much in common with her delicate, ethereal rosés: both feature aromas of fresh berries and wild herbs, and both go down oh so smoothly. The secret to her fun, thirst-quenching wines un- doubtedly lies in her great terroir, sandwiched between snowcapped peaks on one side and the inviting Mediterranean on the other. Cool winds are a constant here, and the persistent ventilation facilitates sustainable farming, ensuring top-quality raw materials. Fermentation in tank and an unfiltered bottling are the final steps to creating this red you will have trouble setting down.
Italy’s rich tradition of viticulture is illustrated not only by the great wines from prestigious appellations such as Barolo and Brunello but also by the wealth of gems found in lesser-known regions all over the country. Lombardia is not particularly renowned for wine, but a closer look reveals a number of small growing regions offering something unique. The Valtènesi zone, along the southwestern shore of Lake Garda, is one such example, and the delicious, easy-drinking reds produced here offer tremendous value—not to mention a surefire cure for a jaded palate. In this example from La Basia, a small family farm producing wine as well as a fantastic stone-ground polenta, the local Groppello grape stars alongside Sangiovese, Marzemino, and Barbera. Aged in concrete tanks and bottled unfiltered, it benefits from a slight chill: with loads of fresh fruit, a peppery crunch, bright acidity, and light, smooth tannins, this under-the-radar rosso is about as gulpable as they come.
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