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Sella & Mosca
Marchese di Villamarina
Grape Varieties100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 94 Points
DescriptionIn Italy and elsewhere in Europe, wine connoisseurs and industry professionals rate Sella & Mosca among Italy's most outstanding wine estates. Sella & Mosca's I Piani estate in Sardinia constitutes the second largest contiguous vineyard in Italy and counts itself among the country's most impressive wineries. Situated in the northwest corner of Sardinia, just inland from the pretty, historic port of Alghero, this 1,600-acre property with more than 1,200 acres of vines is one of the largest wine estates in Europe. As Sardinia's foremost wine producer, Sella & Mosca is renowned for premium wines made exclusively from estate-grown grapes. In addition to native varieties such as Vermentino and Cannonau, the winery has successfully pioneered the introduction of international grape varieties, notably Cabernet Sauvignon. At tastings and contests in Europe and beyond, this super-premium Cabernet Sauvignon from Sardinia has taken critics by storm. In 1994 it made a spectacular debut, when it won the hotly contested category of Italian Reds for the Future at the 10th Annual Wine Challenge hosted by Wine, a top U.K. wine publication; rivals included Tuscany's Sassicaia. Successive vintages have gone on to earn an extraordinary collection of no less than 13 Tre Bicchiere designations from Gambero Rosso, Italy's most influential wine magazine.
VinificationThe grapes are harvested manually and mechanically in late Autumn and fermented for two weeks in stainless steel vats at 68 to 82°F. Aging: The wine is matured 18 months in small French oak casks, followed by a further 12 months in large oak barrels.
ColorRich, majestic red.
NoseIntense and mellow with remarkable red fruit fragrances
PalateClassic flavors of Cabernet with accents of vanilla, black currant, soft wood tannins with a lingering finish
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.0 %pH: 3.44RS: 1.6 g/LTA: 5.9 g/L
Serving SuggestionsA match for top quality steaks, red meats and game.