Good value from Sardinia
Cantina Santadi is a well-known winery from Sulcis, Italy. Sulcis refers to the southwestern part of Sardinia. The winery manufactures next to a variety of red and white wines also grappa. Santadi’s flagship wine is a called Terre Brune Carignano del Sulcis DOC Superiore but today I want to introduce to you Rocca Rubia. Now if you had a bottle of Terre Brune then you already know that you have to spend easily 40€ for a bottle. Rocca Rubia on the other hand is already available for just 17€, which is why I consider it a good value wine. Just like Terre Brune, Rocca Rubia is produced with 100% Carignano grapes. Carignano is a very old grape that originated in Aragon, Spain. It was later transplanted to Sardinia where it is said to grow best.
Rocca Rubia aged 12 months in small French oak barrels. The wine is classified as Carignano del Sulcis DOC Riserva.
Tasting notes Rocca Rubia
In the glass, Rocca Rubia had a deep cherry color – almost black. On the nose, there was a heavy aroma blackberries and blueberries, a bit of vanilla, some leather and hints of vanilla.
Alcohol by volume was label listed at 14%. After taking a sip, I noticed mellow tannins and tasted dark fruits. Rocca Rubia had a great structure. It was full-bodied and had a lingering finish.
Rocca Rubia pairs excellent with aged Pecorino Sardo. Santadi especially recommends to pair the wine with wild boar but of course most grilled red meat will pair well with this wine. I decided to go for rib-eye which turned out to be a good choice.
If you are looking for an affordable Carignano del Sulcis DOC then Rocca Rubia is highly recommended. It costs much less than the famous Terre Brune and almost tastes as good as it. I tried a small glass before decanting it and advice that you give the wine enough time to breathe.
Santadi is a cooperative of small producers. If there is one single winery that can claim to have made an entire region famous then it is probably Santadi. Ever since, Carignano del Sulcis has been associated with Santadi. Each year they produce around 1.700.000 bottles of wine. They cultivate over 600 hectares of land (around 1500 acres). Next to Terre Brune and Rocca Rubia I suggest you also give Santadi’s Latina a try. Latina is an excellent dessert wine from late harvest Nasco grapes.
What is your opinion on Carignano del Sulcis? Have you tried the Rocca Rubia? Let me know in the comment section.