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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

TerreRare Carignano del Sulcis Riserva

2012 Italy Sardinia
90 Points

Bright red. Rich and almost sweet red fruit and spices on the nose and palate. Sweet and creamy on entry, then slightly tough with noteworthy tannic bite, but there’s enough fruit lurking beneath the tannic cloak that I think all this really needs is a little time in the cellar/bottle. Very serious Carignano wine that eschews the easy sweetness and softness typical of many wines made with this variety providing instead something more interesting, bigger and more structured than usual.

Vinous October 2016
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Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva

2012 Italy Sardinia
92 Points

Bright dark red. Fresh but deep aromas of black cherry, smoked meat, coffee, and old leather. Concentrated, plush and sweet, with rich and round flavors of blackberry and smoked meat. Finishes with big, ripe tannins and lingering notes of fresh black cherry and smoky licorice. Gorgeous wine.

Vinous October 2016
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Terre Bianche Torbato di Alghero DOC

2015 Italy Sardinia
90 Points

Bright straw with golden tinges. Penetrating pear and bay leaf on the nose. Clean and fresh, with mineral herbal nuances complementing white stone fruit flavors. Finishes long with a slightly chewy texture and a clean fresh finish. This is one of the best, most flavorful young entry-level Torbato wines I have ever tasted.

Vinous October 2016
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La Cala Vermentino

2015 Italy Sardinia
88 Points

Bright golden-tinged yellow. Banana and yellow peach aromas and flavors. Juicy and fresh, with a saline quality increasing freshness. Finishes lively and long with a delicate bitter twinge that adds a touch of complexity to what is an otherwise fairly simple, straightforward wine but that boasts early accessibility. The Vermentinos of the Algherese have noteworthy salinity, and it’s really evident with this wine. 

Vinous October 2016
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Terre Bianche Torbato di Alghero DOC

2014 Italy Sardinia
87 Points

Pale, bright yellow color. Lemon, grapefruit, white flowers and a hint of pungent herbs on the nose. Bright and juicy in the mouth, offering simple but clean flavors of grapefruit, lemon, oregano and talc. Finishes firm and citrussy, with modest length. Still, this delivers considerable flavor for only 11.5% alcohol.

Vinous January 2016
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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

TerreRare Carignano del Sulcis Riserva

2010 Italy Sardinia
92 Points

This elegantly structured wine opens with aromas of black plum, mocha, Mediterranean herbs and a hint of scorched earth. The round, eveloping palate doles out ripe black cherry, blackberry, cinnamon and white pepper, while firm, silky tannins provide the framework. A fantastic wine, it's already enjoyable and will offer fine drinking over the next few years.

Wine Enthusiast November 2015
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La Cala Vermentino

2014 Italy Sardinia
89 Points

Bright and savory, this opens with an alluring fragrance of white flower, exotic fruit, ripe peach, Mediterranean scrub and a whif of sea breeze. The creamy palate doles out ripe apricot, green apple, mineral and a slightly salty finish alongside refreshing acidity.

Best Buy Award
Wine Enthusiast October 2015
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Terre Bianche Torbato di Alghero DOC

2014 Italy Sardinia
91 Points

Vibrant and elegant, this refreshing, mineral-driven white offers aromas of white spring flower, ripe orchard fruit and citrus blossom. Bright acidity frames the juicy pear, apple and flint flavors, while the crisp finish closes on a saline note. This is a fantastic wine from a grape grown only at the Sella & Mosca estate in Sardinia

Wine Enthusiast October 2015
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TerreRare Carignano del Sulcis Riserva

2010 Italy Sardinia
92 Points

This elegantly structured wine opens with aromas of black plum, mocha, Mediterranean herbs and a hint of scorched earth. The round, enveloping palate doles out ripe black cherry, blackberry, cinnamon and white pepper, while firm silky tannins provide the framework. A fantastic wine, it's already enjoyable and will offer fine drinking over the next few years.

Best Buy Award
Wine Enthusiast October 2015
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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

Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva

2008 Italy Sardinia
89 Points

Cannonau (a.k.a. Grenache) has been grown on Sardinia for millennia. Indeed, the Sardinians insist their island, and not France or Spain, is the origin of that grape. Whatever the origin, Sella & Mosca's 2008 Reserva is a lovely example. Pleasantly rustic, it combines red fruit notes with earthy and spicy elements. Mild tannins lend support without being intrusive. It's a good value wine for robust fare from the grill during the waning days of summer or to match with a hearty pasta dish.

Wine Review Online September 2012
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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

Tanca Farra

2006 Italy Sardinia
92 Points

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.

Wine Advocate June 2011
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Thilion Alghero

2009 Italy Sardinia
90 Points

The 2009 Alghero Thilion is 50% Torbato and 50% Sauvignon fermented in oak. All of the elements come together beautifully in this textured white. The oak is deftly balanced, while the Sauvignon provides the aromatic lift that keeps the wine lively. Sweet but unobtrusive notes from the oak linger on the finish.

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

Tanca Farra

2005 Italy Sardinia
89 Points

...emerges from the glass with an enticing, delicate bouquet of sweet herbs, spices, and wild flowers. This is a beautiful, if somewhat understated, Tanca Farra with gorgeous delineation in its fruit and outstanding overall balance. Sweet tobacco and licorice add further dimensions of complexity on the 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
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TerreRare Carignano del Sulcis Riserva

2005 Italy Sardinia
87 Points

...is a soft, easygoing red with excellent definition it is varietal aromas and flavors. Sweet herbs, flowers and tobacco linger on the finish. This is a pretty...wine... 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
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Thilion Alghero

2008 Italy Sardinia
90 Points

...is an impeccable, richly-textured wine. Sauvignon seems to dominate, especially in the bouquet. Seamless and opulent, but never heavy, the Thilion reveals a gorgeous core of intense yellow fruits, spices, mint and minerals that come together with unusual grace. Floral notes inform the delicate finish. This is another beautiful white from Sella & Mosca... 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