The second largest island in the Mediterranean, Sardinia is unique in many ways. It's climate, it's history, it's influence from civilizations long past, is as diverse as any other province of Italy. In fact, Sardinia is often overlooked because of it's isolation, especially compared to it's more notable island sibling Sicily.
From a viticultural standpoint, this couldn't be more true. Argiolas is without question, a top quality producer of fine wine. They are the beginning and the end of the wine landscape in Sardinia - no other producer comes close to matching their quality. The entire portfolio, red and whites are excellent. It's no wonder, when you consider that the driving force behind Argiolas was none other than Giacomo Tachis, the creator of Tignanello, Sassicaia and Solaia.
Their flagship red, is Korem, an exotic indigenous blend Bovale Sardo, (60%) Carignano (20%) and Cannonau (20%) grapes from the Sa Tanca vineyard. The wine is aged in a mix of french oak barriques and cement tanks for one year, of which 50% are new.
The 2008 Argiolas Korem is superb. The wine was decanted for about an hour before dinner and the aromatics exploded from the glass. The deep violet color invites you to smell the wild berries, wild herbs, smoke and dark chocolate that are harmonious and intense. On the palate, the wine displays intense and classy blackberry, wild berry, smoke, and leather flavors to match the aroma. This is beyond good. In fact, were this wine from Tuscany, it would likely cost $100. The production of this wine is significant; almost 100,000 bottles. Yet, I don't seem to come across it often. I'll be looking harder, and you should too. It's not cheap, but it's worth every penny and will gain continued grace and complexity if cellared 5-10 years.
94 points. About $28.
|Single Vineyard Korem: Bovale Sardo, Carignano & Cannonau|