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2015 Alghero Cagnulari “Arsenale”

Vigne Rada

Cagnulari is a variety cultivated almost exclusively in northwest Sardinia, around the old Catalan bastion of Alghero. Have a whiff: redolent of wild black fruits, graphite, plus an herbaceous element recalling tobacco and eucalyptus, this is not an aroma you’ll encounter anywhere else in the world of wine. An inky-black tooth-stainer, this meaty red has dense, grippy tannins that coat the palate like blackberry pulp.

Anthony Lynch

$32.00
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Cagnulari
Appellation: Alghero Cagnulari
Country: Italy
Region: Sardinia
Producer: Vigne Rada
Winemaker: Gino Bardoni and family
Vineyard: 5 years average
Soil: Alluvial with riverbed stones and quartz
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 14%

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About Sardinia

Our first foray into Sardegna is very recent, and it only took one trip to fall in love with the island, its culture, and its wines. Similar to its northerly neighbor, Corsica, there is a strong regional identity here that goes far beyond its official status as one of Italy’s twenty regions. Its people are proud, strong-willed, and deeply attached to their traditions—a distinctive character often seen with island people and accentuated by its long history of invasions and outside rule.

This tumultuous past has resulted in diverse influences—Greek, Roman, Aragonese, Catalan, and Ligurian, just to name a few—that have shaped the island’s culture, language, cuisine, and wines over many centuries. While Vermentino and Cannonau (aka Grenache) reign, Sardegna also boasts a number of indigenous grapes that are capable of expressing something unique in its abundant variety of terroirs.

The Mediterranean plays a major role, providing cooling, salty breezes to coastal areas, while the rugged, mountainous interior is home to high-altitude sites where wines retain freshness in spite of the southerly latitude. The granitic highlands of Gallura and Barbagia come to mind as some of its most qualitative zones, but a range of soils, elevations, and varying distance to the sea mean that the island is capable of producing wines in all styles, from crisp whites to powerful reds and exquisite vini dolci.

The three growers we represent bring something new to the table, something fascinating that is not found elsewhere in Italy or even in nearby Corsica. Their wines evoke the rustic beauty of this fascinating island civilization, and of course, pair perfectly with the local cuisine, be it seafood-based or the hearty, earthy specialties of its interior.

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When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:

1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.

Inspiring Thirst, page 174

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