Wine Advocate 91
"Pala hits a home run with this beautiful wine. The 2011 S'Arai is a blend of Cannonau, Carignano and Bovale Sardo. The wine is enormously ripe and round with generous aromas of blackberry, exotic spice, tobacco, cola and balsam herb. It's a modern and fully concentrated wine, but it reveals nuance and elegance at the same time. You feel some of that Sardinian sunshine locked within. The wine imparts long and luscious fruit flavors on the finish. This estate offers a large and varied portfolio of mostly indigenous grapes at very attractive price points. You can count on these wines to be approachable, fresh and well made." ~ ML
Vinous Media 92
"Fully saturated ruby. Knockout nose combines red berries, smoky black cherry, violet, brown spices and camphor. Enters very silky and almost showy, then turns more subtle with a steely spine that nicely supports the taut and energetic spicy red and smoky black fruit flavors. Wonderfully juicy with lively, almost tart acidity, noteworthy tannic grip and a broad long finish. The grapevines grow on mainly white limestone based soils which contribute power and refinement; this is a blend of Bovale varieties, Cannonau and Carignan." ~ ID
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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.