2013 Argiolas "Costera" Cannonau di Sardegna (Previously $14.00)

SKU #1261955 91 points Vinous

 Healthy full red. Deep aromas of blackberry, black cherry and mocha are complemented by balsamic nuances. Concentrated, sappy and savory, displaying saline nuances to the black cherry and plum flavors. Finishes with serious depth and the broad, polished tannins to support aging. (ID)  (1/2016)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Cannonau di Sardegna Costera hits all the right buttons. This is a steady and well presented red wine from the heart of the Mediterranean. It shows a high level of confidence and boldness with big, black cherry aromas followed by more subtle nuances of spice, tobacco and freshly milled black pepper. Although the wine tastes very dry, it is not without its softness and plushness in terms of texture. Founded in 1938 by Antonio Argiolas, this is one of the most important quality wineries on the island of Sardinia. Argiolas farms 240 hectares of vines (with native grapes such as Cannonau, Nuragus and Monica) in the southern part of the island near Cagliari. (ML)  (12/2015)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Vibrant and spicy, this savory red delivers aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry, black cherry, ground pepper and chopped Mediterranean herb. Firm, fine-grained tannins support the juicy flavors. An anise note backs up the finish. (KO)  (10/2015)

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2016 | Send Email
A very nice Cannonau with notes of plums, chocolate, exotic spices and earth. It is a rich wine but never over the top, as it maintains its acidity throughout.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/18/2016 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is full of dense, saturated fruit, vibrant with a wisp of the sea breeze and touches of wild herbs. On the palate the wine shows balance first off then you notice its richness, the supple feel that glides across your palate. It is full of bold dark fruit, a bit of spice and a hint of earth yet the fruit quality is what leaves a lasting impression. The finish is full, lasting and replays that dark fruit that lingers on and on. This is an exceptional value for easy drinking or an excellent accompaniment to grilled meats or fuller, meatier pasta or the classic grilled Burger with all of the fixes. I think for those who regularly drink California wine while finding Italians to lean this is a super crossover.
Drink from 2016 to 2018

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/17/2016 | Send Email
We regularly receive requests for affordable Cannonau from Sardinia and Argiolas answers the call once again. The Costera is a vibrant red with savory blackberry, black cherry and plum flavors and a freshness not always found with Cannonau. It's a versatile everyday wine that's especially good with grilled meats, cheeses and red sauced dishes.

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
What a beautiful, fresh and clean little cannonau. Aromas of freshly cured meat, smoke and tea with flavors of bramble, red and purple fruit, graphite and bitter chocolate. Pair it with some Sardinia pecorino!!

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
Argiolas is one of the great names in Sardinian wines. Many from the region can be on the rustic side but this is such a clean and pure rendition it is instantly engaging. Full of black plum, dried tobacco and a level of freshness that will make this an ideal red for many grilled meat and vegetable dishes. Throw something on the grill and get drinking.

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Other Red Wines

Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Sardinia

Alcohol Content (%): 14