Wine: Corsican reds
Corsica is part of France, but it remains “very much its own place,” said Eric Asimov in The New York Times. Home to several indigenous grapes, the Mediterranean island produces wines that bring out the best in varieties that elsewhere go unnoticed. Take sciaccarellu, a minor player in Chianti. Grown in the dry granite soils of southern Corsica, the grape becomes “another thing entirely, with bright vivid flavors of flowers, red fruit, and stony earth.”
2013 U Stiliccionu Ajaccio Antica ($32). “Pure, alive, and complex,” this sciaccarellu mixes red fruit and mineral flavors with a “touch of funk.”
2013 Comte Abbatucci Ajaccio Rouge Cuvée Faustine ($37). Two Corsican grapes, sciaccarellu and niellucciu, meet here and yield notes of red fruit, stone, and herbs.
2015 Domaine Maestracci Calvi Clos Reginu ($20). Several grapes join to create a blend that’s “juicy, earthy, and a tad rustic.”