2011 Domaine Comte Abbatucci, Rose “Gris Imperial” Corsica, France.
This vibrant and smoky rose is full of energy and life, made from Sciacarellu which is one of Corsica’s own varietals, and crafted by one of the island’s best known producers, Domaine Comte Abbatucci, it is a fun and serious wine. Sciacarellu is grape grown mostly in the Ajaccio area of Corsica and it is believed to be originally from the Italian mainland, but it is here on Corsica where it shines and makes for a lovely strawberry flavored wine, and is especially good in this Abbatucci rose where it shows tangy grapefruit, smoke, tart cherry and strawberry with hints of zesty spices, herbs and mineral. This is super refreshing and crisply dry, and is great on a warm afternoon.
($25 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive
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