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Clos Canarelli, Corse Figari Rouge "Amphora" Corsica, France 2014

Clos Canarelli, Corse Figari Rouge "Amphora" Corsica, France 2014

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80% Niellucciu and Sciaccarellu, 20% Minustellu, Carcaghjolu, and Moresconu.

Certified biodyamic.

Since taking over the family domaine in 1993, Yves Canarelli has been testing the limits of what can be done in the southern appellation of Figari. From single-parcel, ancient-vine, native-grape field blends to the revival of heirloom grapes like Biancu Gentile and Carcaghjolu Neru, the Canarelli portfolio is full of delicious surprises.

Yves’s latest experiments are with amphora-fermented red and white — the first such wines crafted in Corsica since Roman times. Being fairly porous, these terra-cotta vessels provide a textural signature of supple, inviting tannins, effectively taming the somewhat wild character of young Niellucciu.

After a roughly six-week vinification in these amphorae, Yves ages the wine in a combination of stainless steel and neutral barrels, a formula he settled on after several years of testing. The wine is then bottled unfined and unfiltered with no added sulfur. Once it has had the chance to open up (an hour or two uncorked should do the trick), this striking red sings a sensual tune of deep, soft fruit, roasted herbs and spices, and an iron-like, meaty element. Enjoy it with a rich, herb-laden roast or stew to best match the bold, brooding flavors.

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