Argiolas Korem 2015

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.

Korem is a blend of Bovale Sardo, Carignano, and Cannonau, three red grapes with origins in Spain that typify Sardinian viticulture. The wine is a more elegant counterpart to Turriga thanks to the aromatic Bovale Sardo. The label is that of an Ancient Greek coin found in the vineyards of the Argiolas property.

Tasting Notes

Bovale Sardo (Graciano) is an underrated grape that has been making a comeback in its native Rioja. Korem blends the low-yielding and deeply-colored Bovale Sardo for aroma and acidity, with Carignano for tannin, and Cannonau for fruit and body to achieve an elegant wine of layered complexity.

Food Pairing

Korem is a wine for refined cookery and unique occasions. In Sardinia, celebrations are often accompanied by spit-roasted meats such as suckling pig, lamb, or kid. Korem is perfect for such occasions which might include antipasti and pastas like semolina gnocchi topped with basil and pecorino, or ravioli stuffed with chard and ricotta.

Production Info
Production area/appellation
Isola dei Nuraghi IGT
Vineyard size
225 acres
Soil composition
Stony and Calcareous Clay-Loam
Training method
Gobelet Spur-pruned Guyot
Elevation
760-825 feet
Vines/acre
2,200
Yield/acre
2.4 tons
Exposure
Southeastern
Year vineyard planted
1980
Harvest time
September
First vintage of this wine
1997
Bottles produced of this wine
60,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
85% Bovale, 10% Carignano, 5% Cannonau
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
New-One year
Length of alcoholic fermentation
15-16 days
Fermentation temperature
82-86 °F
Maceration technique
Racking
Maceration length
14-28
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques and Cement vats
Length of bottle aging
6 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
12 months

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