Agricola Punica Barrua
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Area: Sardegna/ Sardinia
The team: 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%).
Barrua was first released in the 2002 vintage. The 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. Bush vines are closely planted here, designed to minimize yields and maximize the wine’s concentration.
Hand-harvested whole bunches are destemmed, crushed and fermented on the skins for several days in stainless steel vats. The wine is oak-aged before blending and bottle ageing.
Tasting Note: Deep ruby in color, the wine offers intense aromas and flavors of black fruit, dry herbs and spice. It is full-bodied with a velvety texture and balanced tannins, ending in a lengthy, elegant finish.
Food Pairing: Pair with braised lamb or rich stews.
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
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.