Agricola Punica 2005 “Montessu” Isola dei Nuraghi IGT

Posted by Keith Wallace

The southwest corner of Sardinia has provided a welcome home for the Carignano varietal, the most notable versions being in the Carignano de Sulcis DOC. The use of up to 40% Bordeaux grapes in Punica’s proprietary blend gives their Santadi based wine an IGT stamp.

There’s no denying the characteristic Sardinian elements of macchia and earthy intensity, but this wine exhibits more finesse and depth than other Carignanos. A persistent nose of plum, blackberries and local dried herbs leads to fully ripened fruit flavors that begin to take on a raisiny dryness as they develop on the palate. Smooth, rich without being dense, and with evolving meaty characteristics, this is a modern offering that never loses its sense of place -another example of why Sardinia’s wines are unique and worth exploring.

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