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Marchese di Villamarina

2010 Italy Sardinia
91 Points

Deep ruby with inky tinges: this is amazingly dark and impenetrable for a 2010 wine. Ripe black cherry, cassis, balsamic notes, herbs and cedar on the nose. Rich and dense with mouthcoating tannins that frame the ripe red and aromatic herb flavors. Fresh, saline and rather refined on the long finish. Very interesting wine. While I think when people speak of “Italian” Cabernet Sauvignon wines and a supposed “somewhereness” of that Cabernet, they’re just grasping at straws (most of the time, at least), I admit the Marchese di Villamarina wine (in this vintage, at least) really does pass for a Cabernet Sauvignon with a Mediterranean soul.

Vinous October 2016
Platinum

Marchese di Villamarina

2005 Italy Sardinia
91 Points

This rich, oak-aged Cabernet Sauvignon shows that Sardinia can produce both indigenous and international grape varieties that compete with the best wines of the world. This opulent expression delivers dense berry flavors and dried fruit backed by mineral, spice and polished tannins.

Wine Enthusiast December 11, 2015
Platinum

Marchese di Villamarina

2006 Italy Sardinia
94 Points

An exciting melange of dark berries, smoke, incense, tobacco, leather and grilled herbs bursts from the glass...marvelous density and richness...One of the most interesting wines from Sardinia. A dense finish packed with licorice, tobacco, mint and cedar rounds things out in style.

Wine Advocate February 2013
Platinum

Marchese di Villamarina

2005 Italy Sardinia
91 Points

The 2005 Marchese di Villa Marina (Cabernet Sauvignon) emerges from the glass with tons of dark fruit, tar, minerals and smoke. Still inward and tightly wound, the wine covers the palate as the aromas and flavors build towards the finish. Sweet herbs, flowers and menthol add nuance on the close....

Wine Advocate June 2011
Platinum

Marchese di Villamarina

2004 Italy Sardinia
90 Points

...aged in French oak barrels and larger casks. It is an attractive, mid-weight red laced with plums, dark cherries, sweet herbs, licorice, smoke and mint. Delicate, silky tannins frame the long, delicate finish... Sella & Mosca is one of the oldest and best-known wineries in Sardinia. Curiously, many of the estate's wines rely on international grapes, something that sets Sella & Mosca apart from the vast majority of wineries on the island.

Wine Advocate June 2010
Platinum

Marchese di Villamarina

2004 Italy Sardinia

... We begin with a spectacular '04 version of Alghero Marchese di Villamarina. We feel it's one of the best ever made. Sella & Mosca's house Cabernet Sauvignon unveils an extremely complex nose before the elegant extract and taut acid backbone give the palate balance and harmony. Hearty congratulations.

Tre Bicchieri Award
Gambero Rosso Guide to Italian Wines January 2010
Platinum