I've always lived by the tenant that I'd rather be lucky than good. Jean-Francois Renucci of Terra Vecchia is both. He was born and raised on the island of Corsica just off Italy's North Eastern coast. Most think of Corsica as part of Italy as it is just above the Italian island of Sardinia, but it is actually part of France.
Corsica has a valued wine history in spite of its small size. Robert Skalli, a renowned vintner with holdings in France and California, most notably the spectacular Napa Property, St. Supery, owned 500 acres on Corsica. That holding didn't fit his portfolio so he decided to sell it on one condition: he would only sell it to a Corsican who would retain the vineyards. Renucci grew peaches, nectarines and grapefruit on the property next door.
Jean-Francois kept his promise and even improved the property and the wines in his domain. A bevy of awards is a testament to his resolve.
Niellucciu is actually a clone of Sangiovese, the principle grape in the production of Chianti. Ergo, its genealogy is next to regal.
Like its sibling, Sangiovese, Niellucciu produces a rather masculine, imposing red. But when those thick skins are only allowed in contact with the juice for a few hours instead of days, that lovely blush is extracted and the blithely exotic fruit of the pulp is allowed to dominate.
The result is an exotic blend of peach and apricot, living in a cherry orchard.