2004 Meloni Vini – Kre’u – Monica di Sardegna DOC

A Sardinian Treasure

It has been a while since I last reviewed a wine from Sardinian winery Meloni Vini. In my opinion they make some of the best red wines of the entire island. The winery produces a good selection of red and white wines as well as sweet and sparkling wines. ‘Vasca 50’ is said to be Meloni Vini’s best (and most expensive) wine. The wine even has its own website and was only produced in 2005. I tried it at VinItaly last year. Vasca 50 was from another planet. All wines from Meloni Vini are from certified organic agriculture.

But that is another story. Today I want to share with you my tasting notes for the Kre’u (2004 vintage).

2004 Meloni Vini - Kre'u - Monica di Sardegna DOC

Kre’u tasting notes

Kre’u is produced with over 90% Monica grapes. The rest is a blend of Bovale Sardo, Cannaiolo, and Pascale. The wine aged 10 months in French oak from Allier. The wine ages additional 24 months in the bottle before being sold. 13.5% was the label listed ABV. Kre’u is classified as Monica di Sardegna DOC.

Prior to drinking the wine was decanted for a little over one hour.

In the glass. Kre’u had a light ruby red color. The nose offered lots of different types of aromas. A heavy aroma raspberry, a bit of blackcurrant, some caramel, vanilla, cinnamon and much more.

After taking a sip, I noticed a warm feeling.  Kre’u had mellow, pleasing tannins. The wine was medium-bodied and very soft. I tasted a few red and black fruits. There were a few minerals, too which are a result of the unique Sardinian terrain. The after taste was persistently long. Definitely a wine to remember.

Parting words

Kre’u is an extremely good wine. The oak notes don’t dominate the wine. Kre’u can be served together with a variety of dishes, which is a big plus for the wine.  Kre’u retails for around 23€. As far as I know, Meloni Vini does not export their wines to the States so I am sorry to disappoint my American readers. Follow this link to find Kre’u on wine-searcher.

If you get a chance to try the wine then take it. The red wines of Meloni Vini’s “Alta Ristorazione” line convince me over and over again. I have never been disappointed by one of them.

4 / 5 stars      

Want to discover another great Meloni wine? Try Le Ghaie, a Riserva of Cannonau di Sardegna DOC. Monica and Cannonau are the two most important red grapes on Sardinia.

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10 comments on “2004 Meloni Vini – Kre’u – Monica di Sardegna DOC”

    • vino in love Reply

      Monica is a grape that almost exclusively grows on Sardinia. If you stumble over a wine produced with it then give it a try. You might like it.

  1. RiojaChianti RiojaChianti Reply

    I think I should broaden my horizon and try more wines from insular Italy. Moniaca, Vermentino and Cannonau are grapes I’m not quite familiar with (yet!). I love the description of the nose!

    • vino in love Reply

      Monica and Cannonau make great wines. I don’t like white wines from Sardinia as much as I like the reds. Vermentino is alright I guess.

  2. Sean P. Reply

    Great write-up. I’ve tried a few of Meloni Vini’s wines at VinItaly last year. Kostì amd Kre’u were my favorites. Did you try the Kostì before?

  3. wineking3 wineking3 Reply

    Never saw Meloni Vini anywhere. They aren’t very big are they? Always sucks when only large cooperations manage to export their wines.

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