After assuming the reins of the family olive farm and turning the modest acreage under vine into the source of Corsica’s most coveted rosé, Anne Amalric took on a new challenge. The 2016 vintage marks her second time producing red wine from the Sciaccarellu, Syrah, and Grenache planted around the old Marquiliani olive mill, sandwiched on the island’s east coast between towering granite peaks and the Mediterranean Sea. This gentle red matches the ethereal nature of Anne’s rosé: it is exactly what you crave when the first rays of spring peek through the clouds, when the time is right for a cool, medium-bodied, unpretentious rouge. With its tart brambleberry and hints of Corsican herbs, Anne’s is just the ticket.
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.