Barrua Wine Cellars

~ The entrance to the cellars at Agricola Punica ~

When you combine Giacomo Tachis and Tenuta San Guido with Cantina Santadi and some of the best Sardinian terroir, it should come as no surprise that you craft a wine that repeatedly earns Tre Bicchieri awards.  Barrua is one such wine.  What could rightfully be described as a benchmark for the island, this Sardinian superstar is consistently excellent.  From the beginning, Tachis conceived Barrua as an ultra premium wine.  His vision was to create a marriage between Tuscany and Sardinia;  “it must be a masterful blend and will be a resounding wine!”

Grapes hanging on the Punica estate for Barrua

~ Wonderful grapes hanging on the Agricola Punica Estate ~

I can easily understand how wine lovers may have an issue with this wine.  I think it’s easily among the best Sardinian wines I’ve had. The trouble is, what does exceptional Sardinian terroir represent?  How should a great Sardinian wine taste?

The island is enormous and is Italy’s third largest region after Sicily and Piedmont.  As a result, the terrain varies widely from desert, to snow peaked mountains and sandy vineyards.  Some of the most important wineries are Pala, Punica and Argiolas. All three have impressed. Yet, while Cannonau is probably the islands most widely planted and well known grape, it’s absent from Barrua.  Is that atypical?  As a consequence,  I can understand the criticism from those who may feel Barrua is too “international”.  However, I have none to give.  I’ll leave it at that and entertain your thoughts in the comment section.

Barrua vineyards

~ Vineyards on the Agricola Punica Estate ~

Punica’s 65 hectares of vineyards lay inland from the coast and are comprised of Carignano, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah.  Barrua is a blend of three of these varieties.  Vinified in stainless steel, the wine is aged for 18 months in French barrique;  30% of which are new.  We did not decant the wine, however I opened it about 60 minutes before dinner.

The 2015 Barrua is an outstanding wine.  Deep crimson red with purple reflections, the wine boasts intriguing aromas of crushed black plum, eucalyptus, baking spices, sweet tobacco and licorice.  Full bodied, the ripe black plum fruit is rich and fresh on the palate.  Accented with rosemary, wet stones and a sandy texture this drinks very well now despite the significant tannic structure.  At around $38-$40 this remains an excellent value.  93 points.  Find this wine.

Barrua in the bottle

~ Barrua is 85% Carignano, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. ~

For more data points on Barrua, go here:  2011, and 2013


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