Wine of the Week: Agricola Punica “Barrua” Isola dei Nuraghi IGT 2007

And now for something completely different.

This wine is from Sardinia, an Italian island, and it’s based on the Carignano (Carignane) grape, one you might have never tasted, with a few percent of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

A very deep violet color, it’s matched by a depth in richness-with blackberry, leather and lots of spice, mouthfilling but not overwhelming tannin with enough acid to keep you refreshed and a very long finish. Opulent is the only way to describe this wine.

Unlike most of my selections, unfortunately this one isn’t cheap, and you’ll have to spend between $30 and $50 at a good wine store (yes, the range can be that wide). But it’s worth it to try this outstanding wine and somewhat obscure grape. I suggest you do.