Grapelive: Wine of the Day May 1, 2015

2014LecciaRose2014 Yves Leccia Domaine d’ E Croce, Patrimonio Rose, Corsica, France.
Yves and Sandrine Leccia make some of the most compelling wines on Corsica, and this pure and crisp all organic stainless steel Rose is a fantastic pink, and looks like one of the best of the vintage. The 2014 Leccia Patrimonio Rose is made from 60% Niellucciu, 40% Grenache, all hillside vines grown on mixed rocky soils including clay, limestone and schist, it is made from a 12 hour saignee and cold soak, no malo and raised 6 months in temperature controlled steel cuves to preserve vibrancy and freshness. This is superb Rose from a top Domaine on the Island and the combination of Grenache and Niellucciu (Island Sangiovese) works beautifully together making for a very sexy pink wine with striking vitality and delicacy, in fact all the new releases from Yves Leccia and his wife Sandrine, who is from Alsace, are stunning and may just be their best lineup to date. I tasted these with Sandrine at Kermit Lynch’s latest San Francisco portfolio tasting, and the Rose really stood out, but also you should not miss the Patrimonio Blanc (Vermentino) and all their reds with the 90% Niellucciu 10% Grenache Patrimonio Rouge a huge success! The Rose starts with rose oil, wild herb, mint, spicy mineral and citrus leading to a brisk and tangy palate of watermelon, strawberry and unripe plum, tart/sour cherry and red and yellow citrus with steely notes, flinty stones and peach flesh, with zingy acidity and fine detail. This is near perfect and a wonderful effort, this is everything you want in summer pleasure in a glass, it is vivid and refined with plenty of flavor and energy, great on it’s own, but will be easy with many cuisine choices, enjoy this Rose over the coming year, best from 2015 to 2017.
($27 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive