Sunday, November 24, 2013

Agricola Punica Barrua Isola dei Nuraghi 2010

Date of Tasting: 30 October 2013
Wine Type: Red
Grape Varieties: 85% Carignano, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot
Alcohol: 15%
Origin: Sardinia, Italy
Appellation: IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica)
Expect to Pay: ~ THB1,300 - 1,600 (retail price in Thailand)
Chubby Score: 93/100
Value for money: 8/10
Professional Rating: JR - 16.5/20, CT - 88/100

Appearance: vibrant and dark ruby
Aroma: exotic perfume of cherry, spices, liquorice, and tobacco
Palate: fruity with sweet cherry and raspberry dominant, partly herbal touch, liquorice, complex, rich and thick but smooth, balanced acidity and mineral, fine tannins with big body, long on the finish

Complex and elegant bottle, it is. At the price around THB1,500 plus/minus, this is a value for money bottle. It was my first time with this gorgeous Carignano based red wine from Agricola Punica. I kind of like the sweet fruit character that express the charm of hot climate style. Agricola Punica Barrua 2010 is a quality wine that is ready and would probably keeps developing for another decade. Fill up your cellar if you happen to come across this bottle. What a great wine by the winemaker with Sassicaia background. Finito!!!!

Score Explanation
95+ = classic and extraordinary
90+ = outstanding in its class
85+ = recommended wine with some degree of enjoyment
80+ = drinkable occasionally

WA = Wine Advocate
WS = Wine Spectator
WE = Wine Enthusiast
JR = Jancis Robinson
DC = Decanter
JS = James Suckling
BH = Burghound
FS = Falstaff Magazine
ST = Stephen Tanzer
CT = Cellar Tracker Average Score

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