Coteaux du Cap Corse: Domaine Pieretti Rouge 2021
The best of France and Italy in a single bottle! Lina Pieretti-Venturi's Cap Corse Rouge comes from schistous vineyards on the very northern tip of the 'Ile de Beauté', an alluringly windswept promontory which sees winds from all quarters buffet the stoutly-trained vines.
Tiny production wines like this gorgeous red from Corsica won't be found on mainland France, let alone the UK high street! Lina Pieretti farms 11 hectares of vines in the communes of Luri and Menia, 30km north of Bastia on the windswept Cap Corse. We have shipped Lina's rosé and sweet Muscat for over a decade, but were delighted to encounter her delicious red blend of Grenache & Niellucio on a recent buying foray.
With damson aromas and forest fruit flavours combined with a peppery piquancy, its ripe fruit and bold character make it a pleasurable partner to slow-braised pork dishes.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Grenache, Nielluccio|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef, Casserole, Charcuterie, Pork|
|Cellarage||Drink within five years of vintage.|
|Vinification||Hand-harvested grapes are de-stemmed then vinified in stainless steel prior to a short elevage in old oak barrels and Spring bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14|
Lina Pieretti-Venturi is one of only a handful of winemakers on the Cap Corse (the northernmost peninsula) and one of only two female vignerons on the whole Island of Corsica. Lina farms 14 hectares of vine holdings out of around 40ha in the appellation which lies just outside Santa Severa, near Luri from which she produces tiny volumes of dry red, white and rosé plus excellent sweet Muscat wines.
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