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Sardus Pater ‘Is Solus’ Carignano del Sulcis 2012


Warm and spicy, embodying the sunny island from where it was crafted, a cozy Carignan for sipping on its own or pairing with a wide variety of dishes.

Winery: Cantine Sardus Pater is located on the island of Sant ‘Antioco, off the southwestern coast of Sardinia. It was founded in 1949 and began producing wines in 1955; today the cooperative has 200 members and 300 hectares of vineyards, the majority of which contain vines over 50 years in age. Although other grapes are grown, such as Vermentino and Monica, Carignano is the main focus of the winery.

Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from ungrafted vines in sandy soil, vinified in stainless steel and aged 3 months in the bottle. ‘Is Solus’ takes its name from a Roman fountain located in the center of the town of Sant ‘Antioco, and the label displays a Roman mosaic from the archaeological museum in the city. [Two felines drinking from a krater, from which spring ivy leaves, symbolic of Bacchus [or Dionysus] the god of wine and winemaking.]

Tasting Notes: Red-violet in colour with cozy aromas of sweet raisin and clove. Straightforward cherry flavours culminated in crushed white peppercorn, clove and hints of sweetness on the hearty finish.

100% Carignano
Carignano del Sulcis
Estate Bottled by Cantine Sardus Pater Coop. Agr. Sant’Antioco
13.5% Alcohol
$14 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2015

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