Color - Rich, majestic red.
Bouquet - Intense and mellow with remarkable red fruit fragrances
Taste - Classic flavors of Cabernet with accents of vanilla, black currant, soft wood tannins with a lingering finish
Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2004 Marchese di Villa Marina is Cabernet Sauvignon that was aged in French oak barrels and larger casks. It is an attractive, mid-weight red laced with plums, dark cherries, sweet herbs, licorice, smoke and mint. Delicate, silky tannins frame the long, delicate finish. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2014.
The 2004 Marchese di Villamarina is a delicious expression of Sardinian Cabernet Sauvignon. This delicate, medium-bodied red shows lovely balance in its notes of blackberries, grilled herbs, sweet toasted oak, smoke and licorice. Finessed tannins round out this beautifully balanced wine. The Marchese di Villamarina spent 18 months in French oak, followed by an additional twelve months in cask prior to being bottled.
|Wine maker notes
|From the Marchese di Villamarina single vineyard on the Sella & Mosca estate. Vines were initially planted in this vineyard in the late 1950s. Replanting is being conducted in gradual stages, so as to maintain the overall longevity of these vines. The soil is rich in iron, clay and sand from the pre-historic era.
|Grape Varieties - 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
The grapes are harvested manually and mechanically in late Autumn and fermented for two weeks in stainless steel vats at 68 to 82°F.
Aging: The wine is matured 18 months in small French oak casks, followed by a further 12 months in large oak barrels. After bottling, it is aged an additional 18 months prior to release.
|A match for top quality steaks, red meats and game.
|In Italy and elsewhere in Europe, wine connoisseurs and industry professionals rate Sella & Mosca among Italy’s most outstanding wine estates. Sella & Mosca’s I Piani estate in Sardinia constitutes the second largest contiguous vineyard in Italy and counts itself among the country’s most impressive wineries. Situated in the northwest corner of Sardinia, just inland from the pretty, historic port of Alghero, this 1,600-acre property with more than 1,200 acres of vines is one of the largest wine estates in Europe.
Sella & Mosca, which celebrated its centennial in 1999, was founded by Messrs. Sella and Mosca, two Piedmontese businessmen respected to this day for their prominent roles in the Risorgimento (Italy’s 19th-century unification movement). Today, the property is owned by Campari.
As Sardinia’s foremost wine producer, Sella & Mosca is renowned for premium wines made exclusively from estate-grown grapes. In addition to native varieties such as Vermentino, Torbato and Cannonau, the winery has successfully pioneered the introduction of international grape varieties, notably Cabernet Sauvignon.
Surrounded by landscaped gardens and a profusion of flowering oleanders, the estate winery features multiple tasting rooms, an expertly designed enoteca and a fascinating exhibit showcasing replicas of archaeological finds unearthed on the estate and now housed in museums. Each year, especially during the summer months, the estate attracts visitors from all over Europe, who come to see this spectacular property for themselves. News of its intriguing wines has started to resonate with American lovers of fine Italian wines.