Tasting Notes: White Peach, Earth, Lemon curd, Herbs
In 2005, Eric Poli bought 7.4 acres of old-vine Niellucciu in the heart of Patrimonio, the oldest and arguably best appellation on Corsica. Today, Eric Poli manages Clos Alivu’s 11.7 acres, the 86.5 acres of his wife’s family estate (Clos Teddi), and the 108 acres of IGP Île de Beauté grapes he planted ten years ago near his family’s estate. Eric makes the wines for all three brands. The maritime influences of this Mediterranean paradise allow Eric to farm his vines organically (though without certification).
Niellucciu, genetically linked to Sangiovese, thrives on Corsica. This beauty is rich, attractive, and medium bodied with medium acidity. Flavors of white peach, pink grapefruit, white nectarine, lemon curd, dried earth, and thyme can be detected on the generous palate. An elegant pairing would be Salmon Crepes with lemon cream sauce and a strawberry salad.