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Wines of PugliaInterestingly, there is somewhat of a mirroring effect—an intriguing stylistic affinity—resonating between Sardegna’s red and white portfolios. Cannonau di Sardegna (Grenache/Garnacha), the most prolific and recognized of the reds, shares Vermentino’s proclivity for the heat. Its light coloring belies its oftentimes concentrated character—marked by a plush spiciness—though it is also vinified in more restrained versions. Although Carignano (Carignan) does not possess an innate propensity for delivering a concentrated character, its main DOC zone—Carignano del Sulcis—enables it to realize considerable strength and density. The lightweight of the group—the counterpart of Nuragus—is Monica, a wine that offers bright berry flavors and a high level of acidity.
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Alberto Loi Nibaru Monica di Sardegna 2017 750ml
Alberto Loi Nibaru Monica di Sardegna 2017 750ml
Price: $27.99

Alberto Loi’s minerally ‘17 Nibaru Monica di Sardegna slinks with a feral grace as it suffuses your palate with dry extract. Succulent blackberries, juicy plums and crisp cassis mingle with crushed wildflowers, Mediterranean scrub, pencil shavings, warm earth, and a touch of chocolate. Dusty tannins cling to the cheeks, while this wine’s sweet, brambly fruits find their match in a penetrating mineral core. This wine culminates in a dry finish that pulsates with iron ore and herbs--it’s a food-friendly bottle that calls out for pasta with tomato sauce, risotto with mushrooms, or grilled vegetables. This mono-varietal Monica wine ferments in temperate-controlled stainless steel and ages in neutral cement tanks. more info
Tenute Dettori Romangia Bianco 2016 750ml
Tenute Dettori Romangia Bianco 2016 750ml
Price: $31.99
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This is an unabashed, forceful and altogether stunning Vermentino bottling that will make you reconsider everything you thought you knew about the grape. A white with the aromatic intensity of a red, the ’16 Romangia Bianco explodes with scents of honeyed figs, dried apricots, smoky minerals, pressed herbs, and potpourri. While bone dry, this slightly amber-colored white gives the impression of salted caramel and dried fruits on its surprisingly textured, tannic palate. Concentrated yet precise, this mesmerizing Vermentino balances its elements with aplomb and finishes in a lingering, satisfying crescendo. Organically grown Vermentino grapes deriving from a single 7-acre stone and limestone vineyard ferment on the skins with only natural yeasts for about a week; the wine ages for about two years in cement tanks before bottling, unfiltered and unfined. more info
Agricola Punica Montessu 2011 750ml
Agricola Punica Montessu 2011 750ml
Price: $34.99
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Given that Giacomo Tachis (Sassicaia, Tignanello, Solaia, Solengo, and Camartina, among others) established Agricola Punica as a collaboration between Tenuta San Guido and the Sardegnian cooperative Cantina Sociale di Santadi, it's hardly surprising that Agricola Punica's Montessu is so good. Montessu is an off-the-Super-Tuscan-track wine that owns its intense ruby red color and velvety mouth-feel. Dark fruit aromas, licorice on the nose, an elegant palate, ripe tannins and a long, satisfying mineral-laden finish make the Montessu a stunner of an everyday drinking wine. The perfect weather of the 2011 growing season offers a wine of incredible texture, richness, and weight. more info
Agricola Punica Barrua 2006 750ml
Agricola Punica Barrua 2006 750ml
Price: $46.50
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From the wild coast of Sardinia comes this wine, a product of a joint venture between the Santadi co-op and Tenuta San Guido, the makers of Sassicaia, guided by the hand of master enologist Giacomo Tachis. As you might expect from such an all-star, exotic line-up of winemakers, Barrua is an exceptional wine that defies easy classification. Crafted from Sardinian indigenous grape Carignano along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Barrua has a full, gorgeous body that gives a seductive frame to this wine’s elegant, if quietly feral, palate. Dried plums and figs, warm spices like licorice and cardamom, and earthy scents of smoke and leather abound. Delicious, unusual, and drinking for the next ten to fifteen years. more info
Agricola Punica Barrua 2008 750ml
Agricola Punica Barrua 2008 750ml
Price: $47.50
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From the wild coast of Sardinia comes this wine, a product of a joint venture between the Santadi co-op and Tenuta San Guido, the makers of Sassicaia, guided by the hand of master enologist Giacomo Tachis. As you might expect from such an all-star, exotic line-up of winemakers, Barrua is an exceptional wine that defies easy classification. Crafted from Sardinian indigenous grape Carignano along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Barrua has a full, gorgeous body that gives a seductive frame to this wine’s elegant, if quietly feral, palate. Dried plums and figs, warm spices like licorice and cardamom, and earthy scents of smoke and leather abound. Delicious, unusual, and drinking for the next ten to fifteen years. more info
Tenute Dettori Romangia Cannonau Tenores 2013 750ml
Tenute Dettori Romangia Cannonau Tenores 2013 750ml
Price: $54.99
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The beautifully garnet ’13 Cannonau Tenores bursts with brambly berries and juicy cherries that layer with Mediterranean scrub, warm saddle leather, pressed wild herbs, cigar wrapper, baking spices and blood orange zest. This thrilling, complex wine seamlessly weaves together its sweet fruits, bright acidity, chewy tannins, sauvage elements and full-throttle power to create an elegant, compelling drink. Big as this wine is, this Cannonau holds its focus; drinkable now, it’ll age wonderfully for years, even decades. Organically grown Cannonau grapes from 80-year-old vines in the estate’s seven-acre stony, calcium-rich Tenores vineyard ferment on the skins with only natural yeasts for about ten days; the wine ages for about five years in cement tanks before bottling, unfiltered and unfined. more info
Agricola Punica Barrua 2013 750ml
Agricola Punica Barrua 2013 750ml
Price: $54.99
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Some call Barrua the “Sassicaia of Sardinia,” and the 2013 Barrua won't diminish that comparison; the '13 bottling melds the wine's sauvage notes with Sassicaia's effortless elegance, creating a wine that's enjoyable now, but has the stuffing for the medium term. Rich blackberry and juicy blue fruits dance with crisp cassis, pressed herbs, smoky minerals, licorice and peppery spices in the floral-strewn, wildly elegant ’13 Barrua. This wine slinks across the palate with a feral grace; ripe fruits are wound around an elegant mineral core, while chewy tannins cling to the cheeks. A lingering, spicy finish completes the drinking experience of this rustic, food-friendly, delicious big red. A product of a joint venture between the Santadi co-op and Tenuta San Guido, the makers of Sassicaia, Barrua is an exceptional wine that defies easy classification. A blend of indigenous Carignano with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, grapes derive from the estate’s Barrua and Narcao vineyards; after separately fermenting whole clusters of each grape varietal in temperature-controlled stainless steel, the wine ages in oak before blending and bottling. more info