Agricola Punica “Montessu” Isola dei Nuraghi IGT 2016 [6/cs]

agricola punica montessu isola dei nuraghi
Italy Sardinia
Carignan / Mazuelo
Type: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2016

The Montessu is an intensely fruity, elegant, full-bodied wine that combines traditionally Sardinian Carignano with Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot from Sulcis, the Southwest corner of the island. The grapes are grown on spurred cordon vines rooted in calcareous, clay-rich, and sandy soils. The vineyards are exceptionally hot and dry in the summer and temperate through the winter.

 

This is expressive take on Mediterranean wine is deep ruby red to the eye, with an intense, full palate of dark fruit and a deep licorice finish.

 

“Dark-berry, lavender and black-tea aromas follow through to a full body, round and velvety tannins and a flavourful finish. A juicy and deep wine. Very pretty and distinctive. Drink or hold.”

93 points, JamesSuckling.com, Oct 2018

 

“An elegant, medium-bodied red, offering a pure beam of ripe mulberry flavour, with notes of Earl Grey tea, delicate spice and mineral. Finely knit and supple, with creamy tannins firming the fresh finish. Carignan, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2023.”

90 points, Wine Spectator, 2018