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Santadi - Carignano del Sulcis Riserva, Rocca Rubia Riserva 2015


  • Country: Italy
  • Wine Region: Sardinia
  • Wine Area: Carignano del Sulcis
  • Wine Maker: Giacomo Tachis
  • Grape: Carignan/Carinena
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Now-2018
Food Matching

Food Matching

The best accompaniment to this wine, try any one of these: teriyaki pork chops and Thai vegetables, pan-seared filet mignon with roasted potatoes and Merlot sauce or a grilled sirloin steak with anise- basil butter.

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 90 (2014) VS: 93 (2014) WS: 90 (2014) JS: 91 (2014) WE: 91 (2012)

Wine tasting notes

Rich, ripe nose, almost perfumed wine with a delicious creamy character on the palate and bags of soft ripe blackcurrant fruit. The acidity is all there, balanced against soft, full tannins and there is great structure and mouthfeel. Succulent, round and complex.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014)90 pts

Dec 2017 - The 2014 Carignano del Sulcis Riserva Rocca Rubia opens to a dark garnet color and a firm, mid-weight style. The bouquet allows for neat and linear fruit tones with dried cherry and black currant. You also get a good dose of balsam or medicinal herb and cola. This wine is broad and long in terms of mouthfeel, and its structure has been enhanced by 12 months of aging in neutral oak barrels. The mouthfeel evenly blankets the entire palate.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2014)93 pts

Very deep ruby. Grapey nuances add freshness and early accessibility to the dense, steely blueberry and plum aromas and flavors. A hint of tar and herbs adds further complexity on the vibrant, multilayered finish. Very smooth and dense tannins really make this wine stand out among the many fine Santadi reds this year. -- Ian D'Agata

Wine Spectator (2014)90 pts

An elegant, medium- to full-bodied red, with fine tannins married to flavors of dried strawberry and baked black cherry fruit, fig cake and dried thyme, revealing an underpinning of fresh, loamy earth. Creamy finish. Drink now through 2023

James Suckling (2014)91 pts

A fresh and clean red with berry and orange peel character. Medium body, fine tannins and a linear finish. Drink now.

Wine Enthusiast (2012)91 pts

Jan 2015 - Smooth and delicious, this delivers layers of crushed black cherry, ripe raspberry, licorice, ground pepper and chopped Mediterranean herb. Round, ripe tannins lend it a velvety texture.

Vinification Notes

After stemming and crushing, the grapes are fermented and macerated for 12-14 days in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature of 25-28 °C. During this period, the must is frequently pumped up, thus fully absorbing the noble tannins typical of bush-grown carignano. After malolactic fermentation, the wine is transferred to small, fine grained 1st and 2nd-passage French oak casks for 10-12 months, to further develop its biochemical and chemical-physical properties, aroma and taste. Further aging in the bottle for several months enables early bouquet development.