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Cannonau “Noras” 2013 SantadiFrom: $24.99
The Cannonau di Sardegna Noras represents a big jump forward in qualityfrom the sunny heart of the Mediterranean. The approach is elegant and streamlined, and the bouquet imparts careful aromas of black cherry, dried violets and sweet spice.
The quality of the wine’s primary aromas are first rate. In the mouth, Noras delivers sweet richness and generous fruit layers.
There’s nothing not to like here. R.Parker
Vermentino di Gallura Superiore JANKARA DOCG 2015From: $28.90
Classification: Vermentino di Gallura Superiore DOCG
Varieties: 100% Vermentino
The bouquet is explosive with hints of white almond flowers and mandarin peel, the palate is rich and intense with great minerality and balanced acidity. The finish is warm and lengthy with a slight almond retro-taste typical to the Vermentino grape.
The Story: Owned and operated by Angela and Renato Spanu, who says
“the Jankara vineyards are located in the highlands of Gallura, in the
heart of a prestigious sub-zone called Vena di San Leonardo, which runs
from Lake Liscia to the territory around the minuscule, medieval country
church of San Leonardo. The Vermentino vines are planted on a cru
called Giannaghe, which is Jannaca in the local dialect and it faces
another historic cru called Karana. And that, in fact, is how the name
Jankara came about: JANnaca-KARAna. The microclimate is outstanding,
influenced by the vast lake and the island’s second highest mountain,
Limbara. Jankara is right in the middle and enjoys hot days and cool
nights throughout the most important months of the growing season.
Pair that with the never-ending winds that constantly ‘clean’ the air, keep
temperatures down and maintain the vineyard free of pests and disease,
and you have the perfect conditions to grow quality grapes!”
Agricola Punica MONTESSU 2014From: $29.99
This so-called “Sardinian Sassicaia” is made by the same people
who brought us the legendary Tuscan red wine.
60% Carignano – 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
10% Cabernet Franc – 10% Merlot – 10% Syrah
Carignano Riserva Rocca Rubia Santadi 2012From: $34.90
The Carignano del Sulcis Riserva Rocca Rubia is exciting and flashy from the very first taste. Expressive dark red fruit, flowers, spices and mint all burst from the glass. Inviting and beautifully balanced, it impresses for its pliancy and sheer exuberance. Even better, it is a fabulous wine for the money. R.Parker
Agricola Punica BARRUA 2012From: $49.90
A Sardinian Sassicaia in the making
This so-called “Sardinian Sassicaia” is made by the same people who brought us the legendary
Tuscan red wine.
Barrua is a blend of Carignano, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that sees some 18 months of oak aging. This edition shows a soft and slightly jammy style with dark blackberry preserves, dried cherry, black olive and generous secondary aromas of oak spice and tobacco.
Barrua always shows impeccable balance.
Considering the warm vintage conditions, this edition offers that same sense of overall harmony. The wine is engineered for either near or long term drinking. It should hold for a decade.
Agricola Punica is an undertaking between world renowned names in the winemaking business: Dr. Sebastiano Rosa (with a 40% share), Sardinian winery Cantina Sociale di Santadi (40%), Tenuta San Guido, under the direction of Marchese Nicoló Incisa della Rocchetta (10%), Santadi president Antonello Pilloni (5%), and legendary Tuscan consulting enologist Giacomo Tachis (5%).