Argiolas Costamolino 2020

Argiolas is the foremost wine estate on the island of Sardinia producing archetypal wines from native varietals. The winery was founded in 1938 by Antonio Argiolas and was the first on the island to pursue quality over quantity. Today, the Argiolas family is recognized as Sardinia’s leading producer of wine.

Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean and lies roughly 190 miles west of Italy's mainland. The vineyards of Argiolas are located in Serdiana in the Trexenta hills just north of the capital of Cagliari. Argiolas farms 600 acres of native Sardinian grapes including Nuragus, Monica, and Cannonau.

Costamolino, named for the area, is made from Vermentino, an aromatic white grape variety that thrives in the Mediterranean climate of Sardinia. The grapes are harvested in August and September and vinified in stainless-steel tanks to retain acidity. A small percentage sees malolactic fermentation to give the wine roundness and texture.

Tasting Notes

Vermentino often shows the fragrance of macchia, the mix of evergreen shrubs and herbs that typifies the Sardinian landscape. Costamolino hints at aromas of pine and mint coupled with ripe stone fruit and sweet citrus. The palate is at once vibrant and textural and finishes with lingering acidity.

Food Pairing

Costamolino is produced with the Mediterranean table in mind. The wine’s lemony acidity will accent rock lobster or squid but carries enough weight to work with spaghetti topped with bottarga or a bowl of brothy clams and fregola. Vermentino’s herbal flavor can also highlight vegetables such as fava beans or fennel.

Production Info
Production area/appellation
Vermentino di Sardegna DOC
Soil composition
Silty-Loam
Training method
Guyot
Elevation
625 feet
Vines/acre
2,200
Yield/acre
3.2 tons
Exposure
Southeastern / Southern
Total SO2
150
Year vineyard planted
1980-1990
Harvest time
September
First vintage of this wine
1989
Bottles produced of this wine
750,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Vermentino
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation
20-30 days
Fermentation temperature
59 °F
Type of aging container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of bottle aging
1-3 months
Length of aging before bottling
3-4 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.5 %
pH level
3.49
Residual sugar
1.11 g/L
Acidity
5.4 g/L
Dry extract
22 g/L

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