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WE TOP 100 2019 Rank 18
A fifty-fifty blend of Carignano and Monica, this savory red opens with aromas of Mediterranean scrub, wild berry and a whiff of sea breeze. The smooth juicy palate doles out raspberry compote, ripe black cherry and star anise alongside lithe tannins. KO
The wine is composed of a blend of Monica and Carignano. Monica, indigenous to the Sardinia is has a similar profile to Pinot Noir in term of character and approach when drinking. The sea adds a little spice and hints Mediterranean herbs in the wine.
It's macerated in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks with the addition of selected yeasts. After fermentation, a light clarification is followed by refinement in steel tanks and bottle.
Lively ruby red color. Intense aroma of red fruit, spice, and herbs. Dry, with a long finish. The pairs well with pizza, pasta, burgers, salamis or thanks to its medium body and soft tannins. Organic
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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.