Agricola Punica Montessu Isola Dei Nuraghi IGT 2009Product #25117
Bottle Size Bottle (750ml) Color/Type Red Country/State Italy Email Wines Q4 2011 (Oct-dec) Price $10 - $30 Producer Agricola Punica Region Other Italy Varietal Other Vintage 2009
Having first invented the “super Tuscan” at Sassacaia and then demonstrated the top variations on the theme at Tignanello, Solaia, and Solengo, Giacomo Tachis began looking for new challenges. Somehow, Tachis came across a wine from Sardinia made mainly from Carignano (Carignan). The man who showed the world that Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Verdot could thrive in Tuscany now had a new mission – to prove that Sardinian Carignano could rival the best of Priorat or France’s Languedoc.
Tachis recruited the owners of Tenuta San Guido (Sassicaia) and Sardinia’s top winery, Cantina di Santadi, to create Agricola Puncia in Sardinia’s Isola dei Nuraghi region. Montessu is the estate’s more accessible wine, a blend of 60% Carignano and 10% each Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. It needs a big swirl to unlock the aromas now, but shows blue/black fruit, smoke, tar and licorice aromas and flavor that will just expand with air or time. Balanced and silky smooth at first before the firm mineral and smoke elements well up from underneath. Tasty on its own and sure to please with reach braises and grilled lamb!