Is Solinas Isola dei Nuraghi IGT 2010

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Argiolas is the foremost wine estate on the island of Sardinia producing archetypal wines from native varietals. The winery was founded in 1938 by Antonio Argiolas and was the first on the island to pursue quality over quantity. Today, the Argiolas family is recognized as Sardinia’s leading producer of wine.

Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean and lies roughly 190 miles west of Italy's mainland. The vineyards of Argiolas are located in Serdiana in the Trexenta hills just north of the capital of Cagliari. Argiolas farms 600 acres of native Sardinian grapes including Nuragus, Monica, and Cannonau.

Is Solinas is produced from ungrafted and alberello-trained Carignano (Carignan) grown in the sandy soils of Sulcis in southwest Sardinia. The vine most likely arrived from Spain centuries ago but is now well-adapted to Sardinia's warm climate and sandy soils. Many experts agree that Sulcis is one of the world’s most promising regions for the Carignan vine.

Tasting Notes

Carignano is often characterized as a wine with lots of color, high acidity, and firm tannins. Is Solinas is aged in a combination of 50% new and 50% second-passage barriques to help soften the tannins and provide a sense of roundness. Black cherries, smoke, sage, and spices complete the profile.

Food Pairing

Carignano is the ideal counterpart to the rustic cuisine of Sardinia's rugged interior. Shepherds from the mountainous Barbagia became so adept at cooking over open flames that spit-roasted pig, kid, and lamb are now signature dishes of the island. Pair Is Solinas with roasted meat, offal, or grilled vegetables.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
Is Solinas
Soil composition:
Clay and Sandy-Loam
Training method:
Bush
Elevation:
<330 feet
Vines/acre:
2,800
Yield/acre:
2.0 tons
Exposure:
Southwestern
Year vineyard planted:
1970
Harvest time:
September-October
First vintage of this wine:
2005
Bottles produced of this wine:
27,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
95% Carignano, 5% Bovale Sardo
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of maceration:
15-16 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barriques and Cement vats
Size of aging container:
225 L
Age of aging container:
New-One year
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
12 months
Length of bottle aging:
6 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
14.5 %
pH level:
3.8
Residual sugar:
2.0 g/L
Acidity:
5.0 g/L
Dry extract:
33.0 g/L

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