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2005 Sella-Mosca, Terrarare Riserva, Carignano del Sulcis, Sardinia


Sella and Mosca was founded by two Piedmontese businessmen in 1899.  Today the winery is owned by Campari.  Their 1200 acre vineyard is the second largest contiguous vineyard in all of Italy.  Carignano del Sulcis is located in the south-west corner of Sardinia.  The Sulcis area takes its name from the old city of Sulcis in the St Antioco island.  This city was founded by the Phoenicians in the 7th century BC.  While the Phoenicians brought the Nuragus varietal and introduced winemaking to Sardinia, it was the Spanish who brought Carignan to the island.  This is an area of volcanic hills and sandy beaches.  The sandy vineyard soils naturally resist phylloxera so there are still many pre-phylloxera, native rootstock vines in existence.  The winters are mild and wet and the summers are intensely hot, dry, and full of sunshine.

This wine is 100% Carignan harvested from old vines in October.  It is aged for three years in French barriques.  It is available for $20 at MacArthur’s.  I would recommend this to anyone new to southern Italian wine.  You should also try a wine from Cannonau di Sardegna.  This will illustrate the Spanish influence on Italian wine.

2005 Sella-Mosca, Terrarare Riserva, Carignano del Sulcis, Sardinia
A darker color of garnet and ruby.  This is a light nose of sour, red fruits.  In the mouth it is a restrained wine with flavors of dark red berries and some spice.  It is light to medium bodied, with earthy, soft fruit flavors, and a supporting structure.  There is a good mouthfeel and fine tannins.  *** Now.

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