Domaine Maestracci ‘Clos Reginu’ Rouge, Corsica, France 2019
High in the foothills of Monte Grossu mountain, inland from Calvi, lies the granite plateau of Reginu. During the first half of the 20th century the plateau was dominated by a large olive oil producer, but eventually they packed up and went to Algeria in hopes of larger profits. They left behind an olive oil producing facility with walls so thick the air inside stayed cool year round. Roger Maestracci seized this golden opportunity and started replanting the area to grape vines and converted the facility to a winery. The Clos Reginu is a blend of 35% Nielluccio, 30% Grenache, 15% Sciaccarellu, 15% Syrah, and 5% Mourvèdre. It shows light red berries mixed with wild herbs, fresh flowers, and subtle granite minerality. Subtle, pretty, and refreshing.