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Sella & Mosca
Thilion Alghero
CountryItaly
RegionSardinia
Grape Varieties50% Torbato; 50% Sauvignon Blanc
AppellationAlghero DOC
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  • 90 Points
    Wine Advocate June 2011
DescriptionSella & Mosca is one of Italy's most impressive and progressive wine estates and widely credited with placing Sardinian wines on the wine-lovers map. Thilion from the Sella & Mosca estate on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia is an original and deftly crafted blend of two white grapes: Torbato, a variety imported centuries earlier from Spain, and Sauvignon Blanc. Both flourish in the coastal vineyards of a small promontory of land known to ancient geographers as Thilion, on the islands scenic northwest coast. Together they illustrate this Italian island's ability to produce unique and compelling world-class wines. Sella & Mosca is the last preserve of Torbato in Sardinia. Where other growers have abandoned this high-maintenance variety, Sella & Mosca has dedicated resources to protecting this precious legacy of Sardinia's ancient winemaking heritage. Sauvignon Blanc has been nurtured in the vineyards of Sella & Mosca since the early 1900s, specifically in the sand-rich soil of the property's Arenarie vineyard.
VinificationGrapes are harvested at the coolest time of day, with the shortest possible interval of time between picking and delivery to the winery. Each variety is subject to a gentle crush, and a brief cold maceration, to enhance the extraction of flavor.
ColorBrilliant straw-gold
NoseOpulent and intense, indicative of mature grapes; scents of acacia and honey abound against a subtle backdrop of vanilla
PalateAmple and well-structured (a feature derived from Torbato in particular); exotic fruits and vanilla mingle in a complex, well-integrated palate that includes toasty notes, concluding in a clean, lingering finish
Bottle size
750 ml
Serving SuggestionsThis unique wine invites innovative pairings, including flavorful appetizers and fish dishes. A fascinating and intriguing by-the-glass pour.