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Wonderfully Complex, $13 Everyday Red - K&L Direct Import Favorite from Petroni - 11/29/2017 - French Regional Wines

We don't offer many Corsican wines, but perhaps that's because it's hard to do much better than Domaine Petroni. It is one of our great direct import projects that exemplifies the value and quality that this Old World winegrowing region offers. A few weeks ago, the 2015 Rouge landed and it is as beautiful as we expected. We've won a lot of fans over the years with this wine (and the Blanc and Rosé) and it had been a go-to, well-kept secret for the team here at K&L. Unfortunately the secret got out - Wine Spectator just listed it on their Top 100 Wines of 2017.

Fortunately we find ourselves in an enviable position - we have exclusive access to this sub-$13 red that frankly should have received this kind of attention long ago. Fresh, fruit-driven, and complex, it makes a great everyday red, something that will pair beautifully with holiday fare, and simply an impressive bottle to share with friends at a price that makes it easy to pull corks. We lucked out here to have plenty of Petroni's 2015 Rouge to offer around after their recent accolade. But, as these things go...it's rather unlikely to stay in stock for long

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2015 Domaine Petroni Corse Rouge (Corsica) ($12.99)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Lightly rustic, with bramble and dried anise notes weaving throughout. The core of violet plum sauce and raspberry coulis is pure and vibrant, extending through a lengthy finish. A fun, character-filled wine. *Top 100 Wines of 2017* (JM)" (03/2017)

K&L Notes: Domaine Petroni is an estate on the eastern side of Corsica near Lake Diane. Lake Diane is a famous lagoon, where the local aquaculture produces gorgeous oysters and mussels. Now run by the Ramazotti brothers, this idyllic location overlooks the Mediterranean with its vineyards composed of sandy and clay soils. The rouge is a blend of 50% Niellucciu, 35% Syrah, and 15% Grenache. Grapes are fermented in concrete tanks and aged 12 months in stainless steel to preserve the fresh fruit-driven aspects of the wine.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 28, 2017

I visited this property a few years ago on a brief but meaningful trip to Corsica. Petroni's vineyards sit on the hills surrounding Lake Diane, a renowned source for oysters and mussels on the island. While wandering through the vineyards, you can see the Mediterranean sitting to the east just past the lake and when you turn to the west, you see the mountains of Corsica erupting high into the air. It reminds you what an onerous, inaccessible place this island can be. To their credit, Corsica is famously known as the island often invaded but never conquered. It is a scene that illustrates the rugged intensity of the people, their wines and the fascinating flavor profiles those wines deliver. Petroni is a small family estate making their wines at the local cooperative. This gives it the advantage of access to top flight facilities and some of the best wine consultants on the island. Another advantage - without the added cost of the facility, it keeps the cost more affordable! Corsica has gained a bit of a reputation for making great wines but the pricing can be as daunting as conquering the island. The primary grape in the "Rouge blend" is the local grape called Niellucciu, thought to be a lost clone of Sangiovese. The grape offers up the kind of bright acidity, red fruit and savory notes that you usually find in coastal Sangiovese reds. The rest of the blend is made up of Syrah and Grenache, which amplify the weight and density of the wine while adding l

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 27, 2017

Th Corsican grape Niellucciu may be a bit of a challenge to wrap your tongue around, but the wines blended from this lusty, robust variety require little effort to enjoy! A distinct, island variant of Sangiovese, plantings in heavily maritime-influenced Corsica are a product of the unique microclimate, mountainous terrain, and abundant sunlight (more than anywhere on the French mainland), ensuring perfectly ripe, beautifully-structured wines with bursting aromas and flavors of purple plums, raspberries, black pepper and a melange of minerals. Succulent and lingering, and at under $13 a great holiday giveaway, but be sure to keep a case for yourself!

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 26, 2017

When I tasted this wine I guessed that it cost more than it does. There is a lot going on in this wine for this price. In the nose there are bright dark fruit and pepper aromas. In the mouth this continues with dark fruit flavors and a nice spice note.It is dry and balanced and will go well with food.

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 19, 2017

If you've been in the store you've probably heard me waxing poetic about the wines of Corsica. They have a lot of personality, delicious depth, and are very versatile food wines. The new vintage of Petroni is here and it has everything I look for in an easy drinking wine. The nose bursts with dusty red raspberries and violets and on the palate is bright with a hint of spice and white pepper and tannins that gently grip. This has great structure. If you loved the Petroni rose last summer, you'll love the Petroni red this fall .

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 17, 2017

Petroni's minerally rosé has always been a summer staple, so I was excited to finally try their take on a red blend. I was not disappointed the Rouge is a complex, value-driven stunner! Black plum fruit up front, with plenty of lift from the Niellucciu (a clone of Sangiovese), this is earthy through the palate with a peppery kick to the finish. Corsican wine feels like rustic Italian wine made with French sensibilities, and the 2015 demonstrates that beautifully.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2017

Another lovely little value from the coop in Corsica that's making some of the most affordable and approachable wines in the store. This years Rouge is easily the best we've tasted from them. It does away with the brambly dried fruit of the 2014 and replaces it with a vibrant dark berry, tiny hints of fresh tobacco and evergreen. The palate is medium and wonderfully lifted, with the plummy dark fruit taking over from the subtle earthy herbal quality on the nose. Super juicy length and clean. A total joy to drink and priced to move.