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Argiolas Turriga is a robust and very intense red, an icon and flag of the Sardinian wines. Obtained from Cannonau grapes and other local varieties, it is matured for 24 months in barriques reaching a perfect state of ripeness. The aromas recall the berries, Mediterranean herbs, and black pepper, while the taste is round, rich and persistent.
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.
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.
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Argiolas is the foremost wine estate on the island of Sardinia producing archetypal wines from native varietals. Antonio Argiolas, who died in 2009 at the age of 102, inherited seven acres of vines from his father in 1938 and was the first on the island to convert to modern viticulture to pursue quality over quantity. His sons, Franco and Giuseppe, replanted the vineyards in the 1980s with the goal of reducing yields and focusing exclusively on Sardinian grapes. Joined by enologist Mariano Murru, the Argiolas family is today recognized as Sardinia's leading wine producer.