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2014 Clos Alivu Rose 

Patrimonio, Corsica

Retail $23

The mountainous island of Corsica may be best known as the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, but it also is home to domaine Clos Alivu in the Patrimonio Appellation d'Origine Controlee region. The small estate's terraced vineyards support 50-year-old vines, which thrive on the calcareous limestone, schist and chalky clay soils found on the hillsides and valleys. This bottling features nielluccio, a clone of Tuscany's sangiovese. Vineyards receive more than seven hours of daily sunshine, and Mediterranean breezes keep temperatures cool. Following harvest, the juice is macerated on its skins during fermentation in temperature-controlled vats; there is no malolactic fermentation. In the glass, the salmon-colored wine offers aromas of flowers, strawberries and a touch of garrigue. On the palate, taste cherry, red berries, citrus, minerality and refreshing acidity. Drink it with seafood, roasted meats and Mediterranean dishes. Buy it at: Swirl Sensational Wines. Drink it at: Restaurant R'evolution and Doris Metropolitan.


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