July Preview: Island Wines - Corsica

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July Preview: Island Wines - Corsica

During the month of July, our team is headed for the islands! Wine producing islands that is. Our wine club six pack will include selections from Sicily, Sardinia, Santorini, South Africa (a label that features the "missing Virgin Island"), Japan (Sake of course), and Corsica.

During the month of July, our team is headed for the islands! Wine producing islands that is. Our wine club six pack will include selections from Sicily, Sardinia, Santorini, South Africa (a label that features the "missing Virgin Island"), Japan (Sake of course), and Corsica. Here's a preview of Jim's Corsican red pick:

2011 Leccia Patrimonio Rouge

Corsica is an official French region located about 110 miles south of France.  It is known as the “Mountain of the Sea” because of its high, rugged terrain.  Its highest peak is above 8000 feet and there are over 20 other peaks above 6000 feet.  Most of the population and vineyards are located along the coast in the temperate zone between 1000 and 2000 feet.  Domaine Leccia is located in this zone on the northern end of the island in the Patrimonio AOC.  Proprietor Yves Leccia hails from a long line of wine growers and in France his wines are known as the “Rolls Royce” of Corsican wine.  His 2011 Patrimonio Rouge is a great example of why.  It is made from the Nielluccio grape, the local name for Sangiovese.  Interestingly, most of the Corsican grapes have Italian roots as Corsica is closer to the Tuscan coast (56 miles) than France.  The Rouge is fermented and aged in stainless steel for ten months.  The result is a wine with medium body, pure cherry fruit, and a long, clean finish.  It’s a great summer wine for spicy beef and lamb dishes, hamburgers, salty cured meats, and herbs, garlic, and olives.  It’s even better slightly chilled! 

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