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Argiolas Korem Isola Dei Nuraghi Igt 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - Showing the marks of a warm vintage, the 2012 Korem is an intricate blend of Bovale Sardo, Carignano and Cannonau. These are three of...
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Attilio Contini Isole Dei Nuraghi Barrile 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - Opaque ruby-red. Sweetly spicy aromas and flavors of candied black and red fruits, raisin and mocha. Enters the mouth lush and creamy,...

2012 Italian Red Blends Sardinia

The beautiful Mediterranean island of Sardinia is a haven for wine lovers, and viticulture is very much a part of the lifestyle of this special patch of land off the Italian coast. Indeed, Sardinia is renowned as being home to an impressive high number of centenarians, their longevity said to be a result of the amount of red wine they regularly drink. Although winemaking has only really taken off on Sardinia over the past couple of centuries, wines have been produced in Sardinia for well over two thousand years. Vines were originally cultivated by travelling settlers such as the Phoenicians and then boosted by the Roman empire, whose influence is still felt in the landscape today.

Sardinia may have been designated as one of Italy’s main wine regions in the mid 18th century, but its island status has long ensured that the winemakers here have their own identity and viticulture, of which they are very proud. Unlike other Italian wine regions, Sardinia is strongly influenced by French and Spanish viticulture, and it isn’t unusual to find fine wines from the island made from Garnacha or Cabernet Sauvignon, although Italian varietals such as Malvasia are also very popular. Sardinia has one DOCG appellation, Vermentino di Gallura, which produces beautifully elegant white wines made from the Vermentino grape which grows with great expression on the island.