Indicative blend: Sciacarello, Nielluccio
Average Price of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD: $48
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Sangiovese (or Nielluccio in Corsica), a dark-berried vine, is the most widely planted grape variety in Italy. Virtually synonymous with the red wines of Tuscany, and all the romanticism that goes with the territory, Sangiovese is the core constituent in some of the great names in Italian wine. Italy’s love affair with Sangiovese – and indeed the world’s – is generations old, though recent grapevine research suggests the variety is not as ancient as once thought.
At the dawn of the 21st Century, Sangiovese equated to roughly one in every 10 vines on the Italian peninsula. The quality of Sangiovese wine can be notoriously variable, though in the 1980s, drastically improved winemaking techniques saw a significant shift toward more quality-oriented releases. Sangiovese has numerous clones and is consequently known by many synonyms in its native Italy....more
Patrimonio is an appellation for white, red and rose wines from the southern end of the Cap Corse peninsula of Corsica, an island in the Mediterranean Sea between France and Italy. The communes covered are Barbaggio, Farinole, Oletta, Poggio-d'Oletta, Saint-Florent, Santo-Pietro-di-Tenda and Patrimonio itself.
The soils of the valleys and hillsides here are distinct from the rest of the island because they are largely composed of chalky clays and limestone. The majority of Patrimonio's vines are located on the coast of the Gulf of Saint-Florent, whose clear blue waters attract crowds of tourists in the summer. As a result of this ready-made consumer base, only a small percentage of ...more
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