Santadi Carignano del Sulcis Grotta Rossa 2007
From carignano grown in a mixture of clay, sand and limestone, this wine is aged in cement vats prior to bottling, so there's no oak to get in the way of the scents of wild thyme, coastal breezes and black, earthy fruit. It's a savory, mouthwatering red, lasting on elegant minerality. Levi Dalton, then sommelier at Convivio in NYC, suggested this would work well with a dish such as the restaurant's fusilli with braised pork shoulder, tomato and caciocavallo.
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The arenaceous terrain of Sulcis’ coastline is unique in that pre-phylloxera rootstock survives and thrives: the finely textured, wind-swept sand naturally prevents phylloxera from depositing its eggs!
Add to this one of Italy's legendary and brilliant oenologists, Piero Cella... and what you have can only be a range of true Sardinian gems.