Montessu Isola Dei Nuraghi
60% Carignano, 10% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot
Why We Like It
Deep ruby in colour, this red blend offers intense aromas and flavours of fruit and spices. Full-bodied with a velvety texture and balanced tannins makes this wine the definition of elegance. Made primarily from the Carignano grape, this wine is aged 12 months in oak barrels before being bottled up and making its way to your dinner table.
What We Taste
Full body and deep coloured wine but tannins are gentle. Intense dried fruits, plum, liquorice and sweet spices (like cinnamon and cloves) from 12-month oak aging.
What We Smell
Blueberries, floral, baking spices.
At Bar Corso: Smoked/ charred meat, game meat, barbecued foods, lamb burger, aged cheese...Try it with Bar Corso's famous slow cooked meatballs, available for takeout HERE.
At Home: Summer barbecue or steak dinner!
Sardegna (also known as Sardinia) is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The varieties planted in this region bear little resemblance to those in any other Italian region with the main grapes being Grenache, Carignan, and Vermentino. The island also makes use of several exclusive and indigenous varieties such as Nuragus and Monica. Wines produced in Sardinia retain their distinctive character and hardly exist outside of the island making them rare and hard-to-find. Consider yourselves lucky if you get a hand on one of these bottles!
Agricola Punica is one of the most promising names in global wine production. Founded as a joint venture between Cantina Sociale di Santadi and Tenuta San Guido, the winery produces two iconic wines using the Carignano grape. The company started in 2002 when Italian winemaker Giacomo Tachis became interested in Sardinia and persuaded fellow winemaker Sebastiano Rosa to buy land there. Nineteen years later, here we are sippin’ on their juice, so it’s safe to say that this venture was a resounding success.
If You Like This Wine
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Wine Vikings Team Tip*
Get the grill out because it’s BBQ season, baby! Whether you’re grilling up a juicy 8-oz tenderloin or a rack of ribs, make sure you have a bottle of this red blend on hand. It’s an excellent wine to enjoy with friends and family and will most definitely be a crowd-pleaser.
*This tip does not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of our featured Wine Viking but is instead how our team in the background likes to enjoy these wines, along with a few simple hacks.