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Perfect Summertime Red from Sassicaia’s Sardinian Outpost!
June 10, 2019
A Note from Sergio

Ah, the much maligned Carignano--next to Sangiovese, it's the red grape varietal that most deserves an image rehabilitation. For decades, this finicky yet flourishing grape has been denigrated for having brutal tannins, punishing acidity, and extreme bitterness, but mindfully grown Carignano produces high-quality berries with a tantalizing balance of tannins, acidity, and flavor. Though cultivated widely in Spain and France, in Italy Carignano grows almost exclusively in Sardegna, where it arrived with the Spanish invasion in the early fifteenth century, as did its fellow Spanish transplant Cannonau. Carignano requires a hot, dry climate with long, sunny days in order to ripen, so the grape seems tailor-made for Sardegna--and as the Italians who flock to Sardegna's beach towns will tell you, Sardinian Carignano makes one of Italy's perfect hot weather reds.

Today, I'm delighted to present a new allocation of Agricola Punica's spellbinding 2013 Barrua, a Sardinian wine that comes from the makers of Sassicaia. Mostly Carignano that's blended with Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, Barrua marries rustic power with aristocratic elegance. The 2013 Barrua floods the senses with juicy fruits, wild herbs, warm earth, and the heat of the Sardinian sun. It's a perfect wine to pour with steaks off the grill in summer or with roasted meats in winter--and it's great with hard cheeses, rich stews, or any dish calling out for a spicy, bold, and honest wine. I think you'll love it, both this summer and beyond!


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Time Sensitive Offer: The Sassicaia of Sardegna, Agricola Punica 2013 Barrua
2. Wine Events: Upcoming June Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito