Nielluciu + Sciaccarellu
Region: Corsica, France
Soils: Calcareous granite soils
Vinification: Short maceration and light punchdowns
Fining or Filtering: None
Sulfur: Minimal added
Notes from the Importer: Sant Armettu is perched in the rugged hills just inland from the coast at the tip of the island, where Paul Seroin's organic vineyards, planted in the 1960's, bask happily in the sun. Like most winegrowers on the island, Paul was happy to sell his fruit to a local cooperative until his son took an interest in winemaking. As the next generation often does, Paul's son Gilles converted all the vineyards to organic and adopted a more 'hands off' winemaking approach, resulting in wines that truly reflect the nature of Corisica -- pure, polished and a bit wild.
Which is exactly the sentiment this lovely Mino Rouge conveys - rugged, herbal, rustic and charming, just like the gorgeous island of Corsica. It smells rich and fruity and the tannins are plush, but it's light on its feet, with tart cherry, something wild and floral, and loads of savory herbs. Most of the wines from this sun-baked island also end up tasting a bit too sun baked for us. But this one is elegant and fresh, and would shine with savory, richer seafood dishes. Pair with a seafood bisque or spicy Cioppino to warm up winter.