Domaine Santa Giulietta
Vin de Corse Rouge
Domaine Santa Giulietta has been in the Stefani family for several generations. They farm 75 hectares (185 acres) in Corsica. Santa Giulietta is located on the Eastern side of the island of Corsica, in a region called Tallone. Their vineyard is located on top of a plateau in Pianiccia. Being drier and warmer than mainland France, they get very little rainfall in August and September, which allows for a dry and rot-free September harvest! Santa Giulietta’s vineyards mostly consist of red clay and limestone soils, and have perfect sun exposure. Corsica is known to be the most mountainous island in the Mediterranean. These mountains provide beneficial growing conditions for their vineyards, such as hot days, cooler nights, and refreshing daily winds.
This ruby-hued red blend of Niellucciu, Grenache, and Syrah come from vines averaging 15-20 years old. The wine is fermented for 10-12 days in temperature controlled concrete tanks, and sees no oak. On the nose, this wine has notes of red fruit and spices. This wine would pair beautifully with grilled meats, and grilled veggies such as peppers and eggplant, or a classic Corsican delight of zucchini stuffed with mint, garlic, and goat cheese.
Domaine Santa Giulietta
Vin de Corse Rose 2020
Being an island off the coast of France, Corsica has a huge influence from French and Italian culture. A lot of the wine grapes you see here have Italian-sounding names. The most popular grapes found in Corsican wines are Vermentino, Sciaccarellu, and Niellucciu, also known as Sangiovese. Santa Giulietta’s vineyards consist of a mix of red clay and limestone soils. The red clay soil in Corsica is great for growing wine because it tends to stay cooler, and retain water well, which is great for the drier months. Limestone is great for producing wines because it also retains water well, and provides proper drainage. Corsican roses are beautiful wines, and can present a bit of a challenge to come by. Corsican roses are typically richer, and have ripe strawberry and raspberry notes, anise, and a sophisticated herbaceous, salty character.
This pleasingly bright pink rose has some copper highlights, making it a stunning wine to see in your glass! This rose is a blend of two of the three most commonly found grapes in Corsica; Niellucciu and Sciaccarellu, and they added some Grenache as well. The grapes come from 20 year old vines. The grapes are harvested in the morning to protect the freshness, and avoid oxidation. This rose is fermented in stainless steel tanks. This rose is fresh and intense on the nose, with some spice, and fresh red fruit notes. It is bright, crisp, and fruity with an energetic finish! Drink this chilled, and sip it while you’re preparing your meal, but make sure to save some for drinking with grilled chorizo, scallops on skewers, and grilled chicken!