Over the last week I was very busy and unfortunately I could not post as much as I wanted to. Hopefully, I’ll have more time for blogging soon.
During my trip to VinItaly last April, I tried lots of Sardinian wines. One of the wines, which I did not mention on Vino in Love yet is the Iselis Rosso from Argiolas.
Argiolas was founded in 1938 by Antonio Argiolas. The winery cultivates over 230 hectares (570 acres) of vines. About 2.500.000 bottles of wine are manufactured per year. It can be said, that Argiolas is next to Capichera and Santadi one of Sardinia’s most well-known wineries. The Turriga, classified as IGT Isola dei Nuraghi, is Argiolas’ flagship wine. In total, the winery makes 16 unique wines. Furthermore, Argiolas produces grappa, olive oil and must.
Today I want to talk about Argiolas’ Iselis Rosso. Just like the Turriga, the wine is classified as IGT Isola dei Nuraghi. Not sure why, but the winery’s website does not state, which grapes were used for this wine. The bottle label only indicates that autochthonous grapes (like Cannonau, Carignan, Bovale Sardo) were used. Iselis Rosso aged 12 months in French oak barrels.
The wine had deep ruby red color. On the nose, there were intense aromas of plums, red cherries, raspberry and softer aromas of vanilla and cinnamon. In the mouth, Iselis Rosso had pleasing, mellow tannins. The wine was dry and of medium body. I tasted red fruits and cocoa. Well-balanced. Lingering finish.
The 2010 Iselis Rosso from Argiolas is highly recommend. It is available in Germany for around 16€. According to wine searcher, the 2010 vintage is not yet available in the US. However, the 2009 vintage retails for $24. The 2010 vintage is also available in Canada.
Iselis Rosso was awarded 2 bicchieri in the 2013 Gambero Rosso. Let me know how you like the wine.
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2009 Santadi – Rocca Rubbia – Carignano del Sulcis DOC Riserva
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. 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.