Vanilla may be a cringe-worthy word in the wine trade these days, bringing up bad memories from a bygone era when terms such as tar, tannin, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and bomb were often used together to sell over-the-top concoctions. But what about real-deal vanilla? I’m talking cured Madagascar bourbon seed, lightly crushed, delicate and discreet. Add some white flowers, soft white fruit, a lightly bitter finish and voilà! You’ve got classic Canarelli.
A mountainous, Mediterranean island covered in vineyards, Corsica, while closer to Italy in proximity and history, is today under France's political jurisdiction. The island is home to a mix of Italian and French grapes, typically planted at high elevations. Niellucciu (Sangiovese), Sciacarellu (Mammolo), and Vermentino (Rolle) are the main grape varieties of Corsica, and account for about two thirds of all Corsican wines produced.
A fantastic, aromatic white grape that grows with great success in Sardinia, Tuscany and in lesser proportions on the island of Corsica. Somm Secret—Vermentino is thought to be genetically identical to Liguria’s Pigato grape and Peidmont’s Favorita. It comprises a large proportion of the whites in southern France where it is called Rolle.