Color - Rich, majestic red.
Bouquet - Intense and mellow with remarkable red fruit fragrances
Taste - Classic flavors of Cabernet with accents of vanilla, black currant, soft wood tannins with a lingering finish
Wine Advocate 94 points - An exciting melange of dark berries, smoke, incense, tobacco, leather and grilled herbs bursts from the glass in the 2006 Marchese di Villamarina. The 2006 shows marvelous density and richness all the way through to the huge, imposing finish. The Marchese di Villamarina is one of the most interesting wines from Sardinia I tasted this year. A dense finish packed with licorice, tobacco, mint and cedar rounds things out in style. This is yet another great showing from Sella e Mosca. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2026. (Feb 2013)
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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 seven Tre Bicchiere designations from Gambero Rosso, Italy’s most influential wine magazine.
Wine maker notes
From the Marchese di Villamarina single vineyard on the Sella & Mosca estate. Vines were initially planted in this vineyard in the late 1950s. Replanting is being conducted in gradual stages, so as to maintain the overall longevity of these vines. The soil is rich in iron, clay and sand from the pre-historic era.
Grape Varieties - 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
The 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. After bottling, it is aged an additional 18 months prior to release.
A match for top quality steaks, red meats and game.
In 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.
Sella & Mosca, which celebrated its centennial in 1999, was founded by Messrs. Sella and Mosca, two Piedmontese businessmen respected to this day for their prominent roles in the Risorgimento (Italy’s 19th-century unification movement). Today, the property is owned by Campari.
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, Torbato and Cannonau, the winery has successfully pioneered the introduction of international grape varieties, notably Cabernet Sauvignon.
Surrounded by landscaped gardens and a profusion of flowering oleanders, the estate winery features multiple tasting rooms, an expertly designed enoteca and a fascinating exhibit showcasing replicas of archaeological finds unearthed on the estate and now housed in museums. Each year, especially during the summer months, the estate attracts visitors from all over Europe, who come to see this spectacular property for themselves. News of its intriguing wines has started to resonate with American lovers of fine Italian wines.