Wine Wednesday: Barrua IGT from Agricola Punica (Sardinia) 2011

For this Wine Wednesday, I am writing about a wine I tasted at Opera Wine earlier this month. It is from the beautiful island of Sardinia.  Sardinia is a magical island for exploring, going to the beach, sailing, and so much more. Its wines and foods are getting more well known but many still think only of Cannonau and Vermentino when thinking about Sardinia.

This particular wine is made by a famed group of people – Agricola Punica is a joint venture between Sardinian winery Cantina di Santadi, Tenuta San Guido, and legendary Tuscan consulting oenologist Giacomo Tachis.

The winery owns a 170 hectares in the southwest of Sardinia. The vineyards are located in the Carignano del Sulcis DOC area but the wine is an I.G.T. of Isola dei Nuraghi, a reference to the stone pillars that dot the landscape from the Nuragic civilization from the Neolithic age. 

Apparently, the Barrua vineyard is a bit inland from the coast and grows Carignano, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The soils are a mix of clay and sand. The vines here are very hearty. Temperatures are hot and the warm African wind known as the Scirocco blows constantly. Luckily the sea mitigates the hot breezes and climate. Carignano first came to the region with the Phoenicians according to local lore.

Barrua I.G.T. is a gorgeous, polished wine with spice and great fruit and floral aromas and flavors. It has juicy, sweet tannins thanks to the ripeness of the grapes. It also has nice minerality. I had the occasion to taste this wine again at Vinitaly this year during the Opera Wine portion of the show, a joint venture between the Wine Spectator and Vinitaly/Veronafiere. You can find the wine here at The wine is brought in by Kobrand.


  1. Susannah:
    I hope you get your wish for a vacation… Your posts have been wonderful to read and have made me eager to see the vineyards of Sardinia. Abbraci e auguri..

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