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2016 Domaine Petroni Corse Rouge Corsica

SKU #1382594 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Also a mix of Niellucciu and Syrah, the 2016 Corse Domaine Petroni came from granite soils along the Mediterranean and was raised all in demi-muids. This medium to full-bodied beauty certainly makes an impression. It has sensational minerality as well as notes of black cherries, blackberries, spice, and flowers. Deep, layered, incredibly elegant, and seamless, with the tension and vibrancy common from granite soils, it should evolve for well over a decade. Inner quote mark (7/2018)

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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 decomposed granitic sand and clay soils. The rouge is a blend of primarily Niellucciu (an ancient clone of Sangiovese) and Syrah with a splash of Grenache.

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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2019 | Send Email
“I could spend the rest of my life sitting on a hill in Corsica, eating goat cheese and drinking wine and having my enemies killed by remote control." —Anthony Bourdain . Impossible to resist injecting the wonderfully sardonic voice of the late, great Mr. Bourdain into a conversation, and it was equally hard to resist guzzling (think cormorants) this captivating Corsican red, a wine of such irresistible personality that the price we're selling it for must be a misprint, but it isn't. I could yada yada 'ad noiseum' about flavors reminiscent of sun-ripened black plums, baked stones, melted licorice, wet violets and freshly tilled earth, but I won't... so... just pop a bottle of Petroni with some of that Corsican goat cheese or whatever moves your kindred soul, and drink long and deep. Anthony Bourdain would probably emit a cosmic chuckle.
Top Value!

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/20/2019 | Send Email
This amazing value shows aromas of earth, garrigue, savory berries and dried flowers that accents the plump,dark fruit in the spicy middle. The finish is bone dry and the wine is lively, complex, food friendly and super easy to drink.

By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2019 | Send Email
A charming wine from the Mediterranean island of Corsica that has such personality, depth, and versatility! The nose is full of dusty red raspberries and violets; on the palate it is bright and has a hint of spice and white pepper. There is good acidity and tannins that gently grip. The red wines from this area remind me of Italian wines with more raspberry than cherry notes and I am just really fond of this one for the easy drinking style it presents. I love introducing customers to regions like this that are not typically on their radar.

By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/20/2018 | Send Email
Here's a fantastic red that has a fuller body, yet it's easily drinkable. There are rumors that Nielluccio is either a descendant or genetic clone of Sangiovese, and seeing that this blend is made up of 50% Nielluccio, I can definitely see some similarities... On top of that, this extremely tasty value reminds me of some of the direct import Rosso di Montalcinos we carry in the store... but only a few. While I could imagine this wine going really well with some steak or even bulgogi, I can also really enjoy this one by itself among friends... Definitely worth a whirl.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2018 | Send Email
One of the benefits of my buying position is to travel to some pretty far-flung regions. Corsica may not be that far off the map, but it is often off people's radar. Until you start talking about it... This mountainous island is culturally its own even though it is technically part of France. The motto of the island is roughly, "often invaded but never conquered." There are very few flat-ish areas and even when you are on one, the sea sprawls out in one direction and the mountains erupt in the other. There is a reason it is known as the Ile de Beaute (isle of beauty). The winemaking here has been almost as fierce as the residents of the island. Rustic and sometimes austere but ultimately satisfying, especially when served with a meal. A few years ago we discovered this little gem though. Domaine Petroni. The rose was a smashing success and continues to be one of our best cheap and cheerful selections. The white (which is made from vermentinu) has come along nicely and is now one of my favorites from the region. The reds showed promise but were still a work in progress. But last year (the 2015 release), was the turning point. Claude Gros (expert winemaker behind other southern French gems like Fenouillet, Lascaux and Chateau de la Negly) came on as the consulting winemaker and the results were spectacular. Spicy and fleshy, this was a mix of modern Rhone meets Italian all wrapped in a Corsican package. Now the 2016 has arrived and it has reached another level altogether. This Rouge is composed and pure and even more reflective of its Corsican roots. The grapes Niellucciu and Syrah play well together acting as a counter balance of black fruit and spice mixed with savory meaty notes. But Gros' style elevates the fruit levels giving this a harmonious mix that will make any consumer unafraid to pay a visit. This is a new level. A breakout star for certain and may go down as one of our best values this year and next. Certainly the island of Corsica was never conquered by invaders but this wine will surely conquer your palate but not your pocket book.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2018 | Send Email
Though they produce one of our most popular rosés, Domaine Petroni also makes tasty, expressive Corsican red. Red and dark fruits on the nose combine with something spicy, nearly cola like but without the sweet notes. Medium bodied on the palate, the flavors are fresh and the tannins provide just enough grip to keep it all balanced. Terrific value for the money in an authentic Corsican red.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2018 | Send Email
Domaine Petroni has quickly become a top staff recommendation for their white, red, and rosé. It seems like a bit of an underdog, as Corisca is not the most marketed region for wine, but the quality of their wines keeps staff and customers coming back for more. Fruity on the nose, this wine offers fresh flavors and nice minerality. The use of concrete and stainless steel is genius here, as it really allows the blend of the grapes and their purity of fruit to shine through. This is a perfect ushering into Fall wine and the medium weight body makes it easy to keep on sipping.

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