"Dark ruby. Fresh floral, chocolate, plum, blueberry and smoke on the complex, perfumed nose and in the mouth. Big, deep, smoky, chocolaty wine that finishes long and ripe, but suave. This will win many fans. Cellar it for another couple of years and then enjoy for another ten years after that. A blend of 40% Cannonau, 30% Carignano and 30% Bovale Sardo. Cannonau gives it perfume but not much color; Bovale Sardo adds color and acidity; and the Carignano contributes a refined mouthfeel and a little bit of freshness to what otherwise might have been jammy wines. S'Arai was a field blend until 1998; since then, each variety has been vilified singly, and I find the wine much more precise and focused as a result." - I.D.
Wine Enthusiast 90
"Ripe and chewy, this earthy wine opens with aromas of ripe black-skinned fruit, scorched soil, grilled herb and game. The big, round palate doles out ripe blackberry, spiced blueberry, licorice and ground pepper alongside velvety tannins." ~ K.O.
40% Cannonau, 30% Carignano, 30% Bovale
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The Pala family began their adventure with wine in 1950 amongst the rolling, vine-covered hills of Serdiana, an idyllic village located in southern Sardinia. With mild winters and warm, dry summers, this part of Italy's second largest island is ideal for grape growing, with the traditional varietals finding a special home here. Under the guidance of Mario Pala as of 1995, the winery continues to be family-owned. The value of tradition and the innovation of modern techniques are both incorporated into the winemaking process at Pala.
Pala owns six different vineyard areas with a total of 68 hectares currently under vine. Each vineyard is planted with varietals that are chosen according to the microclimate and soil type of the individual site. Many of these varietals are indigenous to Sardinia including Monica, and Nuragus. Pala practices organic farming in the vineyard and does not use chemical pesticides or fertilizers.
A deep respect for tradition, special care and devotion to the vines and finally the production of great wines, have always been the fundamental philosophy of Pala. This dedication has resulted in wines of great character and elegance that are enjoyed by wine lovers around the world.