Clos Fornelli Corsican Vermentinu 2019
On the eastern coast of Corsica, right off the Tyrrhenian Sea, is the 45 hectare (of which 18 are vines) domaine of Clos Fornelli. Owned by Josée Vanucci and her husband Fabrice Couloumère, the duo initially sold all of their grapes to a local co-operative before making their first vintage in 2005. They organically farm all of their Niellucciu, Sciaccarellu, Vermentinu vines.
In the cellar, Josée and Fabrice use a gravity-fed system. They press the grapes with a pneumatic press for a more gentle extraction before fermenting the wine in old concrete tanks and temperature-controlled stainless steel. For red wines, the domaine also uses a few very old used oak barrels. The wines go through native yeast fermentation and spend a short time in vat before bottling.
Enjoy this expression of the Italian grape Vermentino as an aperitif or with shell fish or broiled white fish like flounder.