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.
“I love the glazed cherries and roasted herbs here, in addition to dried plums and licorice. Full-bodied and very sophisticated on the palate, where juicy and structured tannins frame the red fruit and acidity, carrying it long on the finish. Drink now.”
93 points, JamesSuckling.com, Nov 2019
“Deep ruby-red. Very elegant aromas and flavors of blueberry, blackberry, underbrush and graphite. Then wilder in the mouth, with hints of aromatic herbs, ink and flint complementing the dark berry and red cherry flavors on the long finish.”
92 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Feb 2020