Red, Ready, but will keep

2012 Barrua, IGT Isola dei Nuraghi, Agricola Punica

2012 Barrua, IGT Isola dei Nuraghi, Agricola Punica

Red | Ready, but will keep | Agricola Punica | Code:  40433 | 2012 | Italy > Sardinia | Carignan | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 14.5 % alcohol

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Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£145.00

Bottle 6 x 75cl 3cs

£150.00

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£155.00
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£165.00
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£189.00
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Scores and Reviews

The Wine Advocate

91/100

Suckling

94/100

The Wine Advocate - The 2012 Barrua is similar to the hot vintage that proceeds it. This so-called Sardinian Sassicaia is made by the same people who brought us the legendary Tuscan red wine. Barrua is a blend of Carignano, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that sees some 18 months of oak aging. This edition shows a soft and slightly jammy style with dark blackberry preserves, dried cherry, black olive and generous secondary aromas of oak spice and tobacco. Barrua always shows impeccable balance. Considering the warm vintage conditions, this edition offers that same sense of overall harmony. The wine is engineered for either near or long term drinking. It should hold for a decade.
Monica Larner - 31/12/2015

Suckling - I thought the 2011 was the best ever from this stylish wine producer in Sardinia. But the 2012 is clearly better showing vivid aromas of currants, dried cherry, rosemary, citrus and dried chili. Full body, dense but not heavy center palate, and a long savory, mushroom, mahogany and berry aftertaste. A blend of local varieties with a hint of international ones. Yeah. Drink or hold.” 
94 points, James Suckling, July 2015

The Producer

Agricola Punica

Agricola Punica

The Grape

Carignan

Carignan

Carignan, as its name suggests, is presumably of Spanish in origin, from around the town of Carineña west of Priorat in the province of Aragon.

Carignan, also known as Carginano in Italy and Cariñena or Mazeulo in Spain, is one of the most widely-planted red grapes in France. Planting became widespread in France during the 1960s, when Algeria gained its independence and was no longer an inexpensive source of red grapes. Languedoc-Rousillon (Cotes du Roussillon, Corbières, Saint Chinian) is the bastion of Carignan in France, and it is also grown Provence, although it now gradually being replaced with more complex and characterful varieties such as Syrah and Grenache.

The berries are blue-black, with fairly thick, astringent skins.Carignan buds and ripens quite late, so it is resistant to spring frosts, but requires a long ripening season and warm climate. It is a vigorous grape, which can result a wine of dull character.

Carignan is useful for adding intense colour, acidity, and fleshy tannins to the archetypal Southern French blends of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault. Few select growers have managed to produce interesting, distinctive wines from this grape by carefully limiting the vine vigour and the yields.

Old Carignan vines (over 50 years) on a combination of low yields and suitable terroir can produce magnificently concentrated and characterful wine. The best expressions can be found in Priorat.

The Region

Sardinia

Recommended Producers: Enrico Esu, Giovanni Montisci

Storage Details
 
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