Argiolas Costera

Costera Cannonau di Sardegna DOC bottle image

Wine Description

Made from 90% Cannonau, 5% Bovale Sardo and 5% Carignano grown in the Costera vineyard. In order to achieve greater color extraction and flavor concentration, the juice is macerated with the skins for 16 days, with soft but frequent pumpovers. The wine is aged in French barriques for six months prior to bottling.

Antonio Argiolas
Argiolas Vineyard
Antonio, Francesca and Valentina Argiolas
Is Solinas
Autumn Vine
Argiolas Winery
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The estate's 2009 Isola dei Nuraghi Costera flows from the glass with layers of exquisitely perfumed fruit buttressed by fine, silky tannins. There is an element of pure elegance and refinement that is hard to do justice to with words. This is another terrific red from Argiolas.
— Wine Advocate, Aug 2010
“In the glass, the wine is a brilliant purple color with a violet reflections at the rim. The taster is immediately struck by the aromas of pepper, crushed black fruits, and a hint of spice. On the palate, the wine presents a medium bodied profile with flavors of anise, crushed black berries, black olive and mineral note. This is very nice and very well balanced despite the warm growing season. Brisk acidity, and with more tannic structure than I suspected, this paired well with a variety of foods from cheese, olives, escarole and beans, bread and sauteed hot peppers. Really nice and an excellent value. What I especially like about Costera, is that this is a nice ‘change of pace’ from central Italian reds. This is distinctly different and well worth seeking out.”
— John Fodera, Aug 2013
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Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Cannonau di Sardegna DOC
Vineyard name
The Costera vineyard
Vineyard size
61 acres
Soil composition
Clay and limestone
Training method
720 feet
3 tons
Year vineyard planted:
Harvest time:
First vintage of this wine:
Bottles produced of this wine:
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Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
90% Cannonau, 5% Bovale Sardo and 5% Carignano
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
13-15 days
Fermentation temperature:
85-89 °F
Maceration technique:
Delestage and pumpovers
Type of aging container:
Type of oak:
French oak
Length of aging before bottling:
6 months
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Analytical Data
pH level:
5 g/L
14 %
Dry extract:
34.5 g/L
Residual sugar:
2.6 g/L