Domaine Abbatucci Ajaccio Cuvee Faustine Rouge 2009

Abbatucci Ajaccio Rouge Cuvée Faustine 2009:  Very light ruby.  Fresh, airy aromas of juniper berries, sour cherries, and red plum skin are complemented by a fragrant herbal note of maquis (the local herb/brush that is essentially the Corsican analogue to Provence’s garrigue).  On the palate, the wine displays substantial tannins that are not dissimilar to a Nebbiolo, but which are submerged in a pot of high-toned black plums, rose petals, tar, and black pepper. From the Sciaccarellu grape.  13% alc.  $36.  Drink now-2020.  (92+ points)

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