Turriga Isola dei Nuraghi IGT 2014

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.

Turriga is the benchmark red wine of Sardinia, conceived by the Argiolas Family and Giacomo Tachis. The impetus was to create a great Sardinian wine capable of long aging using only Sardinian varietals. It is a blend of Cannonau, Malvasia Nera, Carignano, and Bovale Sardo with two years aging in French barriques. The Venus or "Turriga" that graces the label was found in the vineyards of Argiolas in 1935.

Tasting Notes

Turriga is a powerful red wine that requires time in bottle to show its full complexity. Upon release, Turriga is densely packed with powerful tannins and tightly wound fruit, thus decanting is recommended. With time in bottle, Turriga reveals multiple layers of Mediterranean herbs, roasted coffee, spices, and licorice with a generous core of black and red fruit.

Food Pairing

Cannonau (Garnacha) is known for giving full-flavored and full-bodied red wines and requires big flavors at the table. Grilled or stewed game, beef, or lamb are obvious pairings for this wine as are earthy vegetables such as roasted wild mushrooms. Turriga can also accompany cured meats or aged Pecorino cheese.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The Turriga vineyard
Vineyard size
15 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous and Rocky
Training method
Gobelet
Elevation
759 feet
Vines/acre
2,200
Yield/acre
1.6-2.0 tons
Exposure
Southeastern
Year vineyard planted
1970
Harvest time
September
First vintage of this wine
1988
Bottles produced of this wine
50,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
85% Cannonau, 5% Carignano, 5% Bovale Sardo, 5% Malvasia Nera
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
New
Fermentation temperature
82-86 °F
Maceration technique
Racking
Maceration length
16-18
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques and Cement vats
Length of bottle aging
12 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
20 months

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