Grapes: 85% Carignano, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot
Grapes are sourced from the Barrua and Narcao vineyards. Carignano, of Spanish origin and the blend’s predominant grape, has found its perfect terroir in the warm, well-exposed Sardinian terrain of calcareous, clay and sandy soil. Bush vines are closely planted here, designed to minimize yields and maximize the wine’s concentration.
Hand harvested whole bunches were destemmed, crushed and fermented on the skins for 15 days with periodic pumping over in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. The wine rested 18 months in 80% new French Allier barriques before blending, followed by 6 months in bottle prior to release.
Wine Spectator2009 vintage
Wine Spectator2008 vintage
2008 had regular rainfall, which promoted development of the vines, and summer temperatures were not too hot. Harvest began with the Merlot grapes in the third week of August and ended in the first week of October with the Carignano. Overall, the vintage had ideal weather conditions for well-structured red wines.
Deep ruby in color, the wine offers intense, layered aromas of blackberries, ripe plums, dry herbs and spice. A velvety texture infuses the mouth with opulent, concentrated ripe black fruits, red currants and licorice. The wine is full-bodied with balanced tannins, ending in a lengthy, elegant finish.
Pair with braised lamb or rich stews such as osso buco or a Moroccan lamb tagine.
GRAPES: 85% Carignano, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot
APPELLATION: Isola dei Nuraghi IGT
ACIDITY: 5.41 g/l
AGING: 18 months in French oak, 6 months in bottle
points of distinction
- A modern blend made primarily from the Carignano grape
- First released in the 2002 vintage
- Matured 18 months in French barrels and 6 months in bottle
- 2008 had ideal weather conditions for well-structured red wines
about the grape +
Carignan has an alluring blend of violet, spice, wild herb, red and black currant, and forest floor characters. Its assertive acidity and rustic gamey characters are great blending elements.
– Sebastiano Rosa
"Beside having all the characteristics of a great terroir the south west corner of Sardinia where Barrua and Narcao are located, has a great quality of light which makes the maturations of the grapes perfect and very complex."