Santadi Carignano del Sulcis Terre Brune 2006
Other Red Wine from Sardinia, Italy
The pinnacle wine, exclusively from the best terroirs and grape selections, lengthily aged. 95% Carignano and 5% Bovaleddu, this fabulous red is so extract-rich and sugary the must has a hard time beginning fermentation! Maceration on the skins goes on for about 16 days, and élevage in Allier and Tronçais oak barriques lasts c. 18 months, previous to a further year and a half of bottle age. Cellar life: 7-8 years.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Carignano del Sulcis Superiore Terre Brune is an explosive, ripe wine graced with exquisite finesse in its dark fruit. It possesses considerable aromatic complexity as well as firm yet well-balanced tannins, both of which add considerable pedigree. Dark red fruit, flowers, licorice and sweet herbs are some of the nuances that are woven into the vivid, textured finish. This is a brilliant effort from Santadi. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026."
Wine Spectator - "Complex, showing mature notes of game, leather and caramelized mushrooms that follow through to a dark, supple core of plum sauce and dried wild berry. Well-balanced, with fine tannins and a long, savory finish."
International Wine Cellar - "Deep saturated ruby. Expressive aromas of red cherry, blueberry and ink, lifted by musky spices. Sweet, smooth and very intensely flavored, with an opulent texture to its superripe red cherry, raspberry liqueur and strawberry jam flavors. Not quite as fine-grained as the 2007 Rocca Rubia but more luscious and soft in style, with perhaps a hint of residual sugar on the long, smooth, lightly peppery finish."
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Cantina Santadi Winery
Founded in 1960 in Sardinia and counting 988 acres of prime, gently rolling soil reaching out to the sea, Cantina Santadi is run under the strictest, most quality-based criteria.
The arenaceous terrain of Sulcis’ coastline is unique in that pre-phylloxera rootstock survives and thrives: the finely textured, wind-swept sand naturally prevents phylloxera from depositing its eggs!
Add to this one of Italy's legendary and brilliant oenologists, Piero Cella... and what you have can only be a range of true Sardinian gems. View all Cantina Santadi Wines
About SardiniaView a map of Sardinia wineries sahr-DIN-ee'yah)
Notable FactsThe most popular and most planted variety is Cannonau (otherwise known as Grenache). It produces delicious and unique red wines. Carignano (Carignan) and Giro are other red varieties grown here. For whites, Vermentino is the most popular, producing crisp, dry wines with wonderful character. Some wineries, like Sella & Mosca, are also growing international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. These grapes can be bottled as single varietals or blended with local grapes, like Cannonau.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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