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Brunello di Montalcino
Agricola San Felice
Braida di Giacomo Bologna
Canalicchio di Sopra
Cascina La Barbatella
Case Basse di Soldera
Castello dei Rampolla
Castiglion del Bosco
Dal Forno, Romano
Fattoria di Fubbiano
Poggio di Sotto
Porta del Vento
Produttori del Barbaresco
Rocche dei Manzoni
San Giusto A Rentennano
Tenuta San Guido
Punica Barrua 2005 750ml
Carignano, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
When you’ve been the principal technical and creative architect ofone of Italy’s most esteemed and transformative wine categories, you’rereally not going to have much time for outside interests. One wouldimagine that Giacomo Tachis—one of the pivotal minds behind the legendsof the Super-Tuscan movement (Sassicaia, Tignanello, Solaia, andSolengo, just to name a few)—wouldn’t be looking beyond his numerousTuscan involvements, especially to pursue an affair with a region thathas a past with bulk production, distinguishing itself, if at all, onthe basis of some sweet wines, many of which are on the verge ofextinction.
But Tachis just didn’t see Sardegna quite like that.Though the island became his preferred vacation spot, his first visit provoked far more than a good R&R session. In fact, it wasn’t a get-away destination for long, becoming an official professional outpost in the mid-1980s, when Tachis began to consult for the Consorzio delle Cantine Sociale di Sardegna (subsequently known as the Vini DOC Sardegna). He went on to enlarge his Sardegnian customer base in 1992—after officially retiring—establishing an association with the Istituto Regionale della Vite e del Vino. These associations afforded Tachis the opportunity to provide customized services to wineries that held particular appeal for him. He singled out Argiolas and Cantina Sociale di Santadi for dedicated attention, developing a relationship with the latter that led to the inception of Agricola Punica.
What exactly did he see in Sardegna? Paradoxically, it looked a lot likeToscana pre-Sassicaia—a place that didn’t have much credibility on the national wine scene, let alone the international front. In fact, Tachis believed that Sardegna was undermining itself, relying on practices that did not complement Sardegna’s climatic constitution. Such negligence certainly did not befit the former oenological glory of Southern Italy, which had flourished during the Greco-Roman period. It is Tachis’ conviction that this unlikely phase was significant in Italy’s viticultural memoirs—so much so that many of the practices actually constituted the blueprint for viticultural techniques that emerged in France in the 1970s and ’80s. In effect, therefore, Tachis was seeking to inaugurate a restoration period for a land that had been known as insuli vini ("wine island"). This land, however, trafficked in grapes outside Tachis’ preferred varietal purview—the Bordeaux triumvirate—and it wasn’t particularly interested in admitting outsiders. Tachis respected the Sardegnians’ reluctance, introducing only modest plantings of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. But,while believing them essential components of a theoretical Sardegnian blend, Tachis wasn’t interested in fashioning a Sardegnian Sassicaia or establishing Cabernet’s innate relationship with the island.
He was far too preoccupied with Spanish native Carignano, one of Sardegna’s three principal varieties. Tachis believed that the way it conducted itself in Sardegna—its intriguing island persona—suggested that Sardegna afforded the grape an ideal context. One of Sardegna’s particular virtues is its protracted period of daily sunlight—an average of seven hours—enabling the grapes to achieve high levels of ripeness at a fairly early stage. Thus, Tachis was inspired to rest his Sardegnian mission on the virtues of a grape best known as a minor constituent in various blends (particularly in France’s Languedoc-Roussillon). Having convinced Sassicaia colleagues Marchese Nicola Incisa della Rocchetta and Sebastiano Rosa of his belief in both Sardegna and Carignano, Tachis conceived a collaborative effort between Tenuta San Guido and Cantina Santadi, formally realizing his vision with the establishment of Agricola Punica in 2002.
Sub Region/Classification: Isola dei Nuraghi IGT
When Giacomo Tachis periodically stepped outside the Tuscan sunlight, he found irresistible inspiration under the Sardinian sun. What exactly did he see in Sardinia? Paradoxically, it looked a lot like Toscana pre-Sassicaia—a place that didn’t have much credibility on the national wine scene, let alone the international front. He set about transforming its image—but not by superimposing his Tuscan paradigm, especially as the Sardinians weren’t interested in Bordeaux varietals (Tachis managed, however, to get a little Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in there, as well as some Syrah). Tachis sought to base his gentrification on one of Sardegna’s main grapes, Carignano—a humble berry of Spanish origin. The Sardinian terroir favors Carignano, and with seven hours of daily sunlight, this grape enjoys a rare chance to ripen to its fullest. Convincing his Sassicaia colleagues—Marchese Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta and Sebastiano Rosa—of this grape’s affinity for Sardinian terroir, Tachis conceived Agricola Punica, a collaboration between Tenuta San Guido and the Sardinian cooperative Cantina Sociale di Santadi.
Variety/Blend: Carignan Blend
Breakdown of Varieties: Carignano, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
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