2016 Terra Santa Ile de Beaute Rosé (Corsica)

SKU #1297570 Wine Spectator

 Juicy, with good punch to the mix of white cherry, apricot and peach notes, backed by a cherry pit hint for spine. Sciaccarellu. (JM)

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The Union de Vingerons de l'Ile de Beaute (UVIB) is an association of growers on the island of Corsica based near the town of Aléria. Their wine the Terra Santa Rosé is 100% Sciaccarellu, a grape native to the island. It is pale pink with crisp berry fruit notes of white raspberry and strawberry. The beauty of Corsican rosés is the intensity and texture of the wines. Discover the region with this terrific value.

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2017 | Send Email
'Sciaccarellu’ is an obscure, vigorous red variety long-cultivated on Corsica that translates as ‘the grape that bursts under the teeth’, notable for its juiciness, thick skins and fairly low tannins. It actually originated in central Italy where it is today almost extinct and known as Mammolo, or ‘shrinking violet’, the bashful one, perhaps because the lush grapes try to hide furtively beneath a canopy of vines. With its delicate hue, (think a school of pink pearl erasers swimming by), this delightfully brisk and crisp rosé is a provocation of fresh strawberries, juicy raspberries and mouthwatering peaches, balanced by a slither of acidity to keep every thirst satisfied. Can I recommend this incredibly delicious rosé? 'Of Corsican!'
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Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/27/2017 | Send Email
Corsican Rose has got me smitten over the past few years, with esoteric native varietals and a price tag that provides crazy value, and the 2016 vintage may just be the best yet for this little bottle. The Terra Santa is one of my favorite rosés in the store, and for under $10 the quality out-performs the price immensely. In the glass this is a beautiful rose petal pink color. Notes of white cherry, slate-like minerality and watermelon are coupled by juicy, crisp acidity and a bone-dry finish. This unusual rosé is perfect to have around the house, and a great conversation starter when people find out it's from the island of Corsica!!

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/20/2017 | Send Email
Year after year one of my absolute favorite Rose wines comes from Corsica. The Ile de Beaute Rose is light, elegant and dry, yet has a soft, creamy texture that is hard not to love. The 2016 vintage may be the best year yet for this wine! Composed of 100% Sciaccarellu, this wine has a character all its own. Yes, it is still light, crisp and dry like a classic Provence rose, but there is a bit rounder fruit here, with a softer palate that masks the acidity a bit better than a Provencal wine might.

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France

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Provence

- Provence encompasses the southeastern portion of France that borders the Mediterranean. The largest appellation in the region is the Cotes de Provence that spans 49,600 acres of land in and around Marseilles. Thirteen different varietals are grown in this appellation with the most important grapes being Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, and Mouvedre. While much of the production is dry rose, there are many more serious wines being made from the area. Some of the most important smaller appellations within Provence include Bandol, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, and Coteaux Varois.
Alcohol Content (%): 13