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, Carignan is the main focus of the winery. Although not currently certified, organic methods are used in both the vineyard and winery, with an emphasis placed on as little intervention as possible.
Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from ungrafted vines averaging 70 years in age with 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: Transparent red-violet in colour with inviting aromas of cherry, plum, dusty earth, black pepper and soft baking spices. Cherry, black cherry, red currant, a bit of cranberry and earth are laced over a spicy core. Peppery spice and fruit linger between each plush sip. Fantastic on its own, easy to pair with a wide variety of dishes.
Carignano del Sulcis
Estate Bottled by Cantine Sardus Pater Coop. Agr. Sant’Antioco
$12 [average price]