Wine Advocate 90 points - A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with indigenous grapes (mostly Cannonau), the 2009 Alghero Tanca Farra is a deep and penetrating wine with a long list of aromatic qualifiers. The budding complexity of the wine is impressive and the nose is greeting with competing tones of dark berry, grilled herb, crushed granite, licorice and soft spice. The mouthfeel is tight and streamlined, but not thin. In fact, this wine offers a good level of heft and density on the close. It can age five years or more. (Dec 2014)
From vineyards located in the southeast corner of the Sella & Mosca estate.
|Wine maker notes
|Both grape varieties are picked at the peak of maturity. After crushing, each variety undergoes a three-day cold maceration, followed by a controlled fermentation at 40°-42°F. Only in the final phase of fermentation are the two varieties blended together. The wine is then aged four years in large Slavonian oak casks and a further period in bottle prior to release.
|Serve at room temperature and open bottle a couple of hours before pouring or decant ahead of time. Splendid with hearty red meat dishes, game and mature cheeses.
|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.