We are coming to sardinia for 3 years and until recently we have not found a single wine we like. We tried so many from cheap ones to 25 euro ones. To me they are all to rough and with to much tanin.
So this time we were determined to either import wine or find a good one. For a start we bought a very nice french medoc for 14 euro. But we kept feeling bad doing this. Since we have internet here now I found out that there is a winery just around the corner with good reviews called capichera.
After trying several wines from the supermarket with little success I went to an enoteca in santa teresa di gallura and told them our problem. They gave me a cannonau which they said would convince me. I also bought the cheapest bottle from the capichera winery called Assajè. And a wine called Buio Buio only because I liked the label. The man told me that both these wines I choose were not cannonau grapes but Carignano grapes another popular grape in sardegna.
At home we tried the cannonau first and did not like it but the Buio Buio was lovely and the Assajè really really nice.
The main problem it seems is that we don't like the cannonau grape.
Both wines are not cheap the Buio Buio is 16 euro and the Assajè is 18 euro. In our local enoteca I discovered that there is also a Buio (not buio buio ) a good table wine for 8 euro.
Story of the Wine:
Isola dei Nauraghi means Island of the Nuraughi which are the small ancient stone buildings that are all over the island. This particular wine is made from the Carignano grape which is grown throughout the Mediterranean vineyards. It prefers the hot climate typical of the vineyards south west of Cagliari where Mesa has their vineyards. Mesa is a new winery with significant ambitions to show Sardinian wines at their very best.
• A rich, deep nose, reminiscent of berry fruit; followed by a palate of firm, structure, good length and a touch of vanilla to finish.
• Low yields and careful attention in winery, by Mesa, a new estate, means that Sardinia’s potential for quality can be realised. A rich, deep nose, reminiscent of berry fruit; followed by a palate of firm, structure, good length and a touch of vanilla to finish.
• Sardinia’s wines have that warmth of the climate and the character of its rugged terrain. New winery Mesa has captured that essence with the Carignano grape, which has been given extra complexity with oak ageing. A rich, deep nose, reminiscent of berry fruit; followed by a palate of firm, structure, good length and a touch of vanilla to finish.
Made from Carignano grapes vinified in stainless steel vats.
The wine is a deep ruby red in colour with clear purple hues.
The aromas are intense, persistent, refined and wide-ranging, with a long, enjoyable finish. The bouquet includes red berry fruit, must and dried roses, myrtle and eucalyptus, and lastly, spicy hints.
On the palate it is smooth and pleasantly tangy and spicy, with sweet, firm, yet soluble pulp. The aromas are full and strongly fruity: blackcurrants, ripe cherries, and brambles mingle pleasantly, and give way in the finish to a sweet almondy flavour, like morello cherry flesh.
Assajé has old-fashioned elegance, and the Carignano grape variety (used 100% in this wine) displays all its typical features in the best possible expression. The voice of the terroir emerges loud and clear, with the typical fragrance and aromas of Mediterranean scrubland, while the sweet velvety substance of the wine covers a characteristically strong body.