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2005 Cantina Santadi, Shardana, Valli di Porto Pino, Sardinia


Cantina Santadi started off in 1960 as the first wine cooperative on Sardegna.  After a rocky start they refocused and developed their wines with the help of the famed oenologist Giacomo Tachis, who created Tignanello and Sassicaia.  Today there are more than 250 members of the cooperative with 600 hectares of vineyards.

Shardana is a wine created through the joint efforts of Neil and Maria Empson (wine importers) and Cantina Santadi.  The project started in 1996 as Neil and Maria sought to create a wine that reminds them of the beach front vineyards of Sulcis. The vineyards for Shardana are near the beach and have a soil that is loose with sand and limestone.  It is a blend 85% Carignan with 15% Syrah.  Some of the Carignan is pre-Phylloxera.  The grapes are harvested from the end of September through the middle of October.  They are fermented in stainless steel then aged for 12 months in new and used French oak barriques.

This wine is distributed by Bacchus Importers Ltd.  This is a fairly intense, modern-style of wine that is radically different than Sella & Mosca’s Carignan based wine, Terre Rare.  I would recommend trying both to see which one you prefer.

2005 Cantinda Santadi, Shardana, Valli di Porto Pino, Sardinia
This wine is dark with a medium opaque color.  It has a light, complex nose of dark fruits and green vegetables.  There are soft flavors of dark fruit with a bit of spice and heat.  The fruit becomes chewy with air, revealing minerals and spices in the finish and aftertaste.  After several hours there is a little pencil lead and cedar at the end.  This wine is slow to unveil and could really stand several years in the cellar. **(*) 2015-2019.

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