Le Sabbie Rosso is part of their alta ristorazione line and the bottle was from the 2008 vintage. At the restaurant I dined at Le Sabbie Rosso costs 29€.
All wines from Meloni Vini are produced with grapes from organic agriculture. Le Sabbie Rosso is a blend of 85% Cannonau and 15% Syrah & Barbera grapes. The Cannonau grapes is exclusively found on Sardinia.
Prior to drinking the wine was decanted for one hour (always love it when restaurants have wines already decanted).
Meloni’s Le Sabbie Rosso has a ruby red color with garnet hues. On the nose I smelled blueberries, blackberries vanilla and paprika. I didn’t expect the paprika to be in the bouquet.
On the palate the was super smooth and rather dry. I tasted red fruits, too. Le Sabbie Rosso has a complex body and the finish was extremely long. The tannins were very very pleasing. The complex body developed more and more as the evening went on and I started to get an intense vanilla aftertaste.
Le Sabbie Rosso has a labeled ABV of 14% and has the DOC quality assurance. It’s best served at around 18° C. The wine aged a total of 24 months of which it stayed six months in Slovenian (!) oak barrels.
Together with this wine I ate a tenderloin steak served with herb butter, matched potatoes and chanterelles (a type of mushroom).
This outstanding wine won several national and international awards including an award from the international Biofach in Nuremberg.
I liked the blend of the Le Sabbie Rosso a lot. The nose was good and the wine tasted even better. In an Enoteca it should retail for around 13€. A great buy if you get your hands on one of these. Compared to the other two Meloni wines I mentioned above the Le Sabbie stands out by being a blend and not a pure Cannonau wine. If you are looking for 100% Cannonau then go for the Le Ghiaie.
Did you try Le Sabbie Rosso or a different wine from Meloni Vini? Let me know in the comment section below! You prefer white wine? Check out Le Sabbie Bianco