Comte Abbatucci VdF Blanc 'Alte Rosso' 2014
Located in southern Ajaccio, Jean-Charles Abbatucci creates healthy ecosystems within his vineyards through biodynamic farming, all whilst playing traditional Corsican music over loudspeakers to his grapes, which he believes benefits the fruit development. This funky varietal Barbarossa (white!) shows round flavors of juicy tropical fruit, with smoky undertones of white flowers and earth. Pair with grilled seafood!
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