I was looking for a something a little different this weekend and decided to take a journey in my cellar to Sardinia. Made by the same team who makes Sassicaia, the 2014 Punica Barrua is often referred to as the “Sardinian Sassicaia’” for a fraction of the price. First released in 2002, a blend of 85% Carignano (Spanish origins), 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot. Full bodied, deep ruby in color, with lots of grainy tannins giving structure to very concentrated fruit. Intense aromas and flavors of black fruit, spices, and tobacco prevail resulting in an intense wine with a lengthy, elegant finish.
It was a fabulous wine to share with my father as we sat on the patio, listening to The Smiths, surrounded by Monarch butterflies floating in the cool ocean breeze. Perfect afternoon and a perfect wine.
With a deep violet color, the wine displays clean; on the nose elegant aromas of spices, wild herbs and mature red fruits. On the palate, the wine is soft and elegant, a unique blend of sage, myrtle, rosemary, vanilla flavors and fine tannins. Notes of red fruits, pepper and liquorice add an interesting spiciness before a harmonious and persistent finish.
Pair with roasted and grilled meat, game, and seasoned cheese
2014 Punica Barrua (Approx. $45)
4.2 Vivino Stars (1,700+ reviews)
Tasting Panel 94 Points
Lush nose infused with berry and vanilla; creamy with deep, complex, and elegant flavors. The Sassicaia folks can clearly make great wine in Sardinia, too!.
James Suckling 95 Points
Aromas of rosemary, lavender, blackberries and black licorice follow through to a full body that shows licorice, walnut shell, tar and dark fruit. Fascinating wine with real personality. Always refined. Drink now.
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