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Wine of the Week: Carignano del Sulcis “Maccori” ’14 Casaletta (Sardinia)

WINE OF THE WEEK: CARIGNANO DEL SULCIS “MACCORI” ’14 CASALETTA

Grapes:

Carignano 100%

Tasting notes:

Ruby red color; the bouquet is winy, intense and persistent with hints of red fruits.

Full bodied and round on the mouth,  it match very well with meat based first courses, roast meat dishes and medium ripened cheeses.

History:

Today their ranks have grown to 300, but when they started off, back in 1932, it was just 13 single-minded, skilful grape-growers, who founded the Calasetta Winery, spurred on by the belief that their land, as generous as it was unique, with its combination of sun, wind, sea, and sand, would help them produce wine with a strong link to the terroir, stylish and highly enjoyable.

The Winery is located on the island of Sant’Antioco, on the south-western coast of Sardinia, a production area with a singular terroir, whose sandy texture makes it possible to cultivate ungrafted vines, i.e. with their original roots, without having to use American rootstock. This vine-growing technique means that the grapes have unique fruit and flavour, and is ideal to obtain high-quality harvests also from very old vineyards. The strong mistral winds blowing from the north-west, the Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers, together with the traditional free-standing bush cultivation offer ideal conditions for the production of the Carignano grape. Over the years, we have developed our winemaking techniques to preserve diversity and to enhance complexity of flavour and the original Mediterranean aromas.

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