I’ve had good experiences with the Sardinian Cannonau wines so I deiced to try a different local grape, the Carignano. The grape originated in Argon, Spain but was later transplanted to Sardinia by the Spanish. Sardinia is now one of the only regions that still makes wine with the Carignano grape.
At a local Enoteca I stumbled over a 2007 vintage Terre Rare Carignano del Sulcis Riserva from Sellaemosca. The Enoteca seemed to have all their wines on sale so I decided to buy five different ones for little money (I’ve picked up a 2006 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG from Banfi for just 24€!). Terre Rare retailed for just a little under 8€. I can tell you right away that the money was worth the wine.
Terre Rare Carignano del Sulcis is made with 100% Carignano grapes. All grapes are grown in the Del Sulcis district of Sardinia. Del Sulcis District makes part of the southwestern Sardinian coast. The wine has a label listed ABV of 13.5%. Aging wise the wine spent three years in French oak barrels. After that Terre Rare remains at least six months in the bottle before being sold.
Prior to drinking the wine was decanted for 90 minutes.
My favorite part of the Terre Rare was the nose. I was immediately hit by caramel and chocolate aromas. There was also a little oak and a hint of blueberry. With time passing blackberry became more and more present but caramel remained one of the dominate aromas.
On the palate the tannins were still rather aggressive. Even though the wine was decanted. In general Terre Rare is dry with a short to medium finish. The finish was short to medium. Even though it wasn’t really long I still enjoyed the finish. I had some spicy notes on the palate as well. No or maybe very little fruit though. I found the wine to be complex and the body was medium.
The wine is best served with a plate of Sardinian Pecorino (Pecorino Sardo), a few salumi and fruit (pear and white grapes). Sellaemosca’s Terre Rare is ideal for meditation but I wouldn’t recommend red meats or other heavy plates with it but that’s just my personal taste.
Terre Rare has the Italian DOC wine classification for being wine form the del Sulcis area. Robert Parker rated the wine with 89/100 Points.
Overall Terre Rare Carignano del Sulcis is very much recommended considering it only costs 7.80€. For that price the wine is more than outstanding. Of course it can’t compare to Le Sabbie Cannonau from Meloni Vini but that also costs twice as much.
Do you like Sardinian wines? Which ones have you tried? Did you try any Carignano ones? Share your thoughts with us!