Attilio Contini Isole Dei Nuraghi Barrile 2012 750ml
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Attilio Contini Isole Dei Nuraghi Barrile Italian Red Blend 2012

Isola Dei Nuraghi - Sardinia - Italy

Professional Wine Reviews for Attilio Contini Isole Dei Nuraghi Barrile Italian Red Blend 2012

Rated 92 by Decanter
Opaque ruby-red. Sweetly spicy aromas and flavors of candied black and red fruits, raisin and mocha. Enters the mouth lush and creamy, offering serious power and weight in the middle, then develops a porty, air-dried-fruit quality on the back. Finishes suave and very long, with a hint of alcoholic warmth and a hint of cherry preserves. This big, dense wine is a polar opposite to Contini’s much brighter, fresher 2012 Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva ‘Inu, but each wine will have its fans. (Galloni)
Rated 90 by Robert Parker
The 2012 Barrile is unlike any other red wine I have tasted from Sardinia this year. The blend of grapes consists of such unknown varieties as Nieddera and Caddiu. The wine is packaged in an attractive, decorative bottle with a thread of dried hay strapped around the neck. The contents of the bottle show raw and chewy berry favors with loads of tobacco, dried prune, cured meat and beef jerky on the finish. These heavier aromas are presented with moderation for an nice overall ensemble.
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Vintage: 2012

2012 has, so far been a positive year for wineries around the world. While it may be a little too early to speak of the wines being made in the northern hemisphere, European and North American wineries have already begun reporting that their harvesting season has been generally very good, and are predicting to continue with the kind of successes they saw in 2011. However, 2012 has been something of a late year for France, due to unpredictable weather throughout the summer, and the grapes were ripening considerably later than they did in 2011 (which was, admittedly, an exceptionally early year). French wineries are claiming, though, that this could well turn out to be advantageous, as the slow ripening will allow the resulting wines to express more flavour and features of the terroir they are grown in. The southern hemisphere has seen ideal climatic conditions in most of the key wine producing countries, and Australia and New Zealand particularly had a superb year, in particular with the Bordeaux varietal grapes that grow there and which love the humidity these countries received plenty of. Also enjoying a fantastic year for weather were wineries across Argentina and Chile, with the Mendoza region claiming that 2012 will be one of their best vintages of the past decade. Similar claims are being made across the Chilean wine regions, where Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon had an especially good year. These two grape varietals also produced characterful wines on the coastal regions of South Africa this year.

Country: Italy

Italy is recognised as being one of the finest wine producing countries in the world, and it isn't difficult to see why. With a vast amount of land across the country used primarily for vineyard cultivation and wine production, each region of Italy manages to produce a wide range of excellent quality wines, each representative of the region it is produced in. Any lover of Italian wines will be able to tell you of the variety the country produces, from the deliciously astringent and alpine-fresh wines of the northern borders, to the deliciously jammy and fruit-forward wines of the south and the Italian islands. Regions such as Barolo are frequently compared with Bordeaux and Burgundy in France, as their oak aged red wines have all the complexity and earthy, spicy excellence of some of the finest wines in the world, and the sparkling wines of Asti and elsewhere in Italy can easily challenge and often exceed the high standards put forward by Champagne. Thanks to excellent terrain and climatic conditions, Italy has long since proven itself a major player in the world of wines, and long may this dedication to quality and excellence continue.