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2014 Corse Figari Rouge “Alta Rocca”

Clos Canarelli

Alta Rocca is 100% foudre-aged Sciaccarellu from Canarelli’s domaine on the isle’s rustic, windswept southern extremity. This finessed masterpiece is all about the velvety appeal of biodynamically farmed Sciaccarellu: bursting with seductive red berries, white pepper, and supple floral delicacy, it has virtually no tannin and explosively conveys the unique Mediterranean flavors of Corsica. The price may seem high for a novelty from an unpronounceable grape (sha-ka-rel-lu), but pull the cork, and I’m willing to bet this will be the first bottle on the table drained to the last drop.

Anthony Lynch

$95.00
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Sciaccarellu
Appellation: Corse Figari
Country: France
Region: Corsica
Producer: Clos Canarelli
Winemaker: Yves Canarelli
Vineyard: Planted in 1997
Soil: Granite
Aging: Aged in foudre for 25 months
Farming: Biodynamic (certified)
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About Corsica

I first set foot on the island in 1980. I remember looking down from the airplane window seeing alpine forest and lakes and thinking, uh oh, I got on the wrong plane. Then suddenly I was looking down into the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean. Corsica is a small, impossibly tall island, the tail of the Alp chain rising out of the blue sea.—Kermit Lynch

Kermit’s first trip to the island proved fruitful, with his discovery of Clos Nicrosi’s Vermentino. More than thirty years later, the love affair with Corsica has only grown as we now import wines from ten domaines that cover the north, south, east, and west of what the French affectionately refer to as l’Île de Beauté.

Corsica is currently experiencing somewhat of a renaissance—interest has never been higher in the wines and much of this is due to growers focusing on indigenous and historical grapes found on the island. Niellucciu, Sciarcarellu, and Vermentinu are widely planted but it is now common to find bottlings of Biancu Gentile and Carcaghjolu Neru as well as blends with native varieties like Rossola Bianca, Minustellu, or Montaneccia.

As Kermit described above, Corsica has a strikingly mountainous landscape. The granite peaks top out above 9,000 feet. The terroir is predominantly granite with the exception of the Patrimonio appellation in the north, which has limestone, clay, and schist soils.The wines, much like their southern French counterparts make for great pairings with the local charcuterie, often made from Nustrale, the native wild boar, as well as Brocciu, the Corsican goats milk cheese that is best served within 48 hours of it being made.

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Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch

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