The quality of the Carignano grape is exceptional in the Sulcis area of southern Sardinia: exceptional colour and exceptional softness of soluble compounds, from the tannins to the consistently low and elegant acidity and the smoothness of its main components. Its palate feel is of a distinguishably sweet, extremely delicate, round tannin presence providing a satiny mouthfeel. To the eye, it is a lively, deep ruby red. The bouquet provides complex aromas of ripe red fruit (mainly black cherry), spice, licorice, and myrtle. It is an elegant wine that shows exceptional craftsmanship.
The blend is 85% Carignano, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot grown in Agricola Punica’s Narcao and Barrua vineyards, spurred cordon vines cultivated in the calcareous, clay-rich and sandy soils of Basso Sulcis.
“Aromas of rosemary, lavender, blackberries and black licorice follow through to a full body that shows licorice, walnut shell, tar and dark fruit. Fascinating wine with real personality. Always refined. Drink now.”
95 points, JamesSuckling.com, Oct 2018
“An elegant, medium- to full-bodied red, this is long and supple, with fine-grained tannins married to a pleasing range of crème de cassis, fig cake and aromatic hints of espresso, wild sage, iron and smoke. Lingering, lightly spiced finish. Carignano with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2029.”
92 points, Wine Spectator, 2018
“A joint venture between Santadi and Tuscany’s Tenuta San Guido, Punica crafts polished Carignano with help from 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. Mint, black liquorice, layered tannins and plush fruit.”
92 points, Decanter, 2018
“Deep red-ruby. Red cherry, dark plum, spices and earth on the nose, complicated by grilled herbs and flint. Plush, sexy and deep, delivering layered flavours of strawberry, licorice, and dried flowers. This broad wine offers an exciting combination of size and fresh acidity. The very long, savoury finish features youthfully dusty but ripe tannins.”
91+ points, Ian d’Agata, vinous.com, March 2018