2009 Agricola Punica "Barrua" Isola dei Nuraghi (Elsewhere $50)

SKU #1112024 92 points Wine Spectator

 The dense, racy flavors of raspberry ganache are finely textured, with tobacco and pleasant herbal undertones. Powerful yet graceful, in need of decanting or short-term cellaring. Best from 2014 through 2020.  (4/2013)

K&L Notes

Agricola Punica's Barrua is a unique Sardenian wine from the Isola dei Nuraghi region made predominantly from Carignane, with 10% Cab and 5% Merlot blended in to add structure and complexity. Alluring aromas of black cherry, bay, spice and anise give way to a soft, full-bodied, but elegant wine with smooth tannins. Elegant and easy to drink right now. A great value at this price!

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By: Chris Miller | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/24/2012 | Send Email
The Agricola Punica "Barrua" is a wine built to impress. The über-modern nose is full of blackberry, ripe plum, smoke, crushed rock, desert scrub, thyme and a fair dollop of new wood. In fact, given this wine blind, my first impression from the nose might be that it’s a full-throttle South African Cabernet Sauvignon. But on closer inspection, the inherent “Italianess” starts to peek through, with sweet red cherry from the Carignano, some rustic earthiness, and that certain selvatica quality I get from all the best Sardenian reds. And although the nose suggests the wine will be heavy and thick, it’s actually quite elegant and lithe on the palate, with soft tannins, a juicy mid-palate and pleasing finish. The press has for some reason not gotten a hold of this wine, but I can’t imagine it earning anything less than 93 or 94 points from all the major publications. And although the wine was quite pleasant when I first popped it, it was even better when I re-tasted it a few hours later, so decant for an hour or so if you can.

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- This red grape goes by many names, including Carignane, Carignano, Cariñena, Mazuelo, Moestal, Roussillonen and Samsó, which can make things confusing. A native of northern Spain's Cariñena DO, this grape is also found all over France, particularly in the Languedoc-Roussillon, and is also planted in substantial amounts in Italy and California. A bold, spicy, tannic grape, you'll frequently find Carignan blended with softer, fruitier varieties like Grenache.


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