The 2006 Alghero Tanca Farra (50% Cannonau, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon) is absolutely gorgeous in this vintage. Sage, rosemary, wild flowers and dark cherries are some of the nuances that take shape in this firm, beautifully balanced Tanca Farra. Spices and minerals appear later, adding freshness and verve. Mint, pine, resin and a host of other balsamic nuances are layered into the crystalline finish. The 2006 is a centered, poised Tanca Farra that impresses for its balance and sheer sense of harmony. It is one of the very finest vintages I can remember tasting. Despite the presence of Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a distinctly Sardinian red.
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Sella & Mosca
Grape Varieties50% Cannonau, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
DescriptionIn 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. 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 and Cannonau, the winery has successfully pioneered the introduction of international grape varieties, notably Cabernet Sauvignon. Sella & Mosca's Tanca Farra is an innovative blend of Cannonau and Cabernet Sauvignon. Cannonau is a variety that has long thrived in Sardinia, while Cabernet is a more recent introduction to the island. Sella & Mosca has experimented with Cabernet since the late 1890s and planted Cabernet vines in its highly acclaimed Marchese di Villamarina vineyard in the late 1950s. The name Tanca Farra (Iron Earth in the Sardinian dialect) refers to the high iron content of the soil in this portion of the estate, a factor credited with a conspicuous role in the resulting complexity and depth of this wine.
VinificationBoth grape varieties are harvested manually and mechanically from September through October at the peak of maturity. After crushing, each variety undergoes a three-day cold maceration.
ColorRuby red with garnet reflections
NoseFull, mature fruit with herbaceous and tarry notes.
PalateFull-bodied, dry, balanced and harmonious. Elegant structure or soft tannins
AnalysisAlcohol: 12.5 %pH: 3.6RS: 1.3 g/LTA: 5.3 g/L
Serving SuggestionsServe 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.