2009 Argiolas "Costera" Isola dei Nuraghi

SKU #1080361 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The estate's 2009 Isola dei Nuraghi Costera flows from the glass with layers of exquisitely perfumed fruit buttressed by fine, silky tannins. There is an element of pure elegance and refinement that is hard to do justice to with words. This is another terrific red from Argiolas. Costera is a blend of 90% Cannonau, 5% Carignano and 5% Bovale Sardo. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2014.  (8/ 2010)

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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/27/2012  | Send Email
Antonio Galoni of the Wine Advocate said to the effect that he "was blown away by the quality of the value priced wine I tasted from Argiolas", that he "can't recommend them highly enough" and that they offer "stunning value". My only complaint about what he had to say is that I didn't say if first. Even their varietal Monica bottling, easily one of the oddest grapes in Italy, is delicious. The "Costera" could carry the Cannonau di Sardegna DOC save for the fact there is about 5% Caringnano, so it carries the more esoteric IGT. It offers incredible spice, earth, and baked fruit but is far less rustic than many of it's counterparts. A delicious wine on it's own or with a variety of foods. I can't recommend it highly enough either. CM

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/18/2012  | Send Email
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Greg St.Clair has turned us on to so many incredibly different, great wines from Italy over the years, and this Gem ranks as one of the greatest highs. Produced mostly from Cannonau (Grenache according to Greg), this puppy explodes from the glass with opulent aromas of wild plum and blueberries, anise spice, wet river stone minerality and mocha tones. It is incredibly complex, broad and fleshy in the mouth with integrated, silky tannins, superb structure and a deep, long, rich finish. An amazing Gem that Andeson would have gone crazy over, and Rizzo says will be one of our house red wines forever. 14% ABV (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2012 to 2019

By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/22/2011  | Send Email
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Move over Rhone Valley, this Grenache based Sardinian classic is truly stunning. I love the classic Grenache aromatics, spice and richness while still having the perfect acidic balance to keep it fresh and vibrant. The wine has great palate presence, soft and rich even as the delicate tannins hold the fruit poised at the peak of drinkability. While drinkable now it will be great over the next few years with grilled meats or pasta .
Drink from 2011 to 2014

 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 3/3/2012 
Ruby red in the glass. The nose is bursting with red fruits (raspberry), menthol & baking spices. A smooth, easy drinker with well integrated tannins & bursting with ripe, red fruits. A crowd please for Dave's 25th b-day celebration.

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Italy

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