Christy Canterbury MW

Location: New York, NY

Master of Wine. Wine judge+public speaker. Journalist for Media+SOMM Journal+Civiltà del Bere+others. Short-listed for the 2014 Roederer Online Communicator of the Year Award. Incorrigible traveler!

Ride the Corsican Wave!

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Clos Venturi 1769 Blanc (2014)
Comments: From chilly terroir located at about 500m in the center of the island, this unusual white comes from gray schiste and clay soils. It provides an explosion of flavors, including cotton candy, white peach and nectarine fuzz. Its piercing acidity lifts the nicely round extract that sits right in the middle of the palate. The medium finish suggests this wine can age a few years to benefit.
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2 Alain Corrèges Domaine de Vaccelli Granit Rosé (2014)
Comments: Made on right and southern bank of the Tarave valley, this wine hails from western Corsica, south of Ajaccio. There's a touch of wet wool on the nose followed by strawberry Jolly Rancher and watermelon sorbet on the palate. With a touch of viscosity and a prominently juicy mid-palate, this is nothing short of lovely. It's rosé with a big bang of flavor, even if it finishes short.
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3 Jean-Charles Abbatucci Générale de la Révolution Cuvée Collection Blanc (2012)
Comments: This wine has an impeccable, seamless balance of all its elements. Its riveting acidity dazzles and plays easily with the mid-palate's lovely roundness. Floral, ginger and baking spice elements dominate the nose. The palate specifically tastes of cinnamon with a discreet touch of smoke. The fruits are an enticing mash of white peach, persimmon, golden apple and lemon curd.
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4 Domaine d'Alzipratu Fiume-Seccu Rouge (2014)
Comments: This wine offers an enveloping nose of forest berries, black cherries, scrub bush and dried herbs. Its round mid-palate is countered with lightly tugging and vaguely drying tannins. Its racy acidity makes this super quaffable, ideal for a picnic, life fare or sipping any time. Its finish is moderate and super savory.
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5 Domaine Gentile Muscat du Cap Corse (2011)
Comments: Dashed with brandy at the beginning of fermentation, this brilliantly balanced fortified wine with a plush palate easily hides its 16% abv with mouthwatering acidity. Though four years old, it is still quite fresh on the nose, showing orange peel, exotic sweet spice and peak-of-summer peaches. Between the layers of nuance and the medium finish, this can last another decade.
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