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92 Points, $13.99: A “Smoking Good” White Value for the Holidays - 11/26/2019 - French Regional Wines

Made in a very user-friendly style, the 92-point 2018 Domaine Petroni Corse Blanc is the kind of white wine everyone can love. We’ve had great success with previous vintages of both the Rouge and Rosé from this Corsican estate with the white being every bit as compelling. Notable for its purity, focus, and mouthwatering delivery, it serves forth a delightful blend of orchard and tropical fruits along with a nice savory component. A food-friendly bottling, our French regional buyer immediately thought it an ideal candidate for Thanksgiving, but there’s certainly no harm in serving it year-round. This 2018’s greatest strength comes from its subtle approach and versatility, it’s not often you find such an affordable white with such mass appeal. Stock up on this beauty and you’ll be a Thanksgiving hero. Bravo to the Ramazotti brothers for crafting yet another irresistible value.

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2018 Domaine Petroni Corse Blanc (Corsica) ($13.99)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "More tart citrus, passion fruits, and pineapple notes emerge from the medium-bodied 2018 Domaine Petroni (100% Vermentino), which offers racy acidity, terrific balance, and a great finish. Its another smoking good white from this estate that shines for its purity, balance, and length. I love it." (07/2019)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Crisply textured and with minerality, this fruity wine is still young and bursting with life. Acidity and freshness are balanced by a nervy texture that will soften and open. Drink this wine from late 2020. (RV)" (02/2020)

Wine Spectator: "Yellow apple, fennel and white peach flavors form the mix here. Gently buttered, with a rounded feel, but maintains a fresh edge throughout. (JM)"

K&L Notes: A warm weather superstar, this is 100% Vermentinu. Domaine Petroni lies on the eastern shore of Corsica near Lake Diane, one of the great sources for oysters and mussels on the island. Founded in 1885 and run by the Ramazotti brothers, the vineyards are planted on sandy and clay soils overlooking the Mediterranean. Their rosé was one of our great success stories this year, but the white and red have emerged as house favorites as well.

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 19, 2019

Have yet to visit Corsica, but fortunately Corsica has paid multiple visits to our shores, at least in the guise of its delightful, highly evocative wines. Domaine Petroni might give a classical Latin scholar pause, but it has nothing in common with Gaius Petronius, the famous Roman author of the Satyricon, except perhaps for the lusty nature of its luscious fruit. Petronis own classic, straw-hued Vermentinu, planted in sandy and clay soils within proximity of the sea, has inviting aromas and a vivacious palate of saline, acacia blossom, white peach and citrus fruits, with mouthwatering minerality. Pair with grilled sea bass, shellfish or pesto pizza for a perfectly lovely dinner. You will be seduced!

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 18, 2019

I have long been a fan of the Petroni rosé and the red, and I can now add this fabulous Vermentinu to the list. Imagine yourself sitting seaside in Corsica as you breathe in the refreshing citrus and subtle floral aromatics and sip back a combo of lime, grapefruit and tropical fruit. This is crisp and bright, showing a hint of salinity and plenty of zingy acidity. Great with baked fish, grilled pork loan, roasted vegetables and an array of Mediterrean dishes.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 07, 2019

I look forward to the new release of this wine. I have always been a fan of Vermentino from Italy but experiencing the Whites from Corsica has swayed me to the other island for Vermentino. It is crisp and enticingly aromatic. It has modest richness, great acidity, and nice extract, especially for this price point. This wine just lingers. What a great deal it is.

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 06, 2019

I absolutely adore this wine, year after year. Offbeat but still beautifully crisp and delicious, Corsican wines always have the ability to surprise and impress. Full of bright nectarine, honeycomb, and lemon zest, this particular vintage shows greater weight and texture than years past--and is all the better for it. This is a hall-of-fame under $15 white for me.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 06, 2019

Things have progressed beautifully with the Petroni wines over the last few years. The rose has been a perennial favorite since we started bringing it in to our stores. The rouge is one of the top value reds in our set and continues to fly out the door. The white has always remained a little in the background though as whites from Corsica, don't always get the attention they deserve. Well, no more, I say! Out front and center, the white, made from Vermentinu (aka Rolle and aka Italy's Vermentino) is the noble white grape on the island. This is gorgeous with crystalline focus, flavors of mango, pineapple and Meyer lemons on the mid-palate and finishing with a hint of jasmine. This is no substitute for a rich Chardonnay nor explosvie Sauvignon Blanc. This is for fans of subtler more refined whites. If you love Muscadet, Picpoul, Pinot Grigio and of course Italian Vermentino, you will find a lot to like here.