Carignano del Sulcis "Intrigu", Rivano
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Carignano del Sulcis "Intrigu", Rivano - 2022

Item # 43781 750mL

A red wine made from Carignan coming from a one hectare parcel planted in 1982. Angelo Rivano's winery is located in the village of Calasetta on the island of Sant' Antioco, just off the southwest coast of Sardinia. The family estate goes back generations.

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Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.

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I can't lie—I've been a big fan of this Carignan since I first tasted it in 2019. The 1-hectare vineyard of Carignano from the island of Sant'Antioco off the Southwest coast of Sardinia, has southeast exposure and a high content of sand. The bush vines are planted piede franco or "ungrafted" since phylloxera was unable to take root here. The bush training also helps against the intense wind of the region. This wine spends three months aging in stainless steel and sees zero oak. Fresh and ripe wild berries, dried strawberries and cranberries, cured meat, and savory notes of garrigue (wild herbs) presented on the palate. The wonderful freshness and moderate, chalky tannins balance the fruit-forwardness of this wine. It's my quintessential lamb wine, from roasted leg of lamb to a tomato-based lamb ragu with mint.




Grown all over Europe and the Americas, Carignan (a.k.a. Carignane, Carignano, and Cariñena) is seldom seen as a 100% varietal wine. Many appellations of Languedoc-Roussillon must include a certain percentage of Carignan, but it is rarely the dominant grape in these blends. For years, this naturally high-yielding grape suffered from overproduction, but New World winemakers have lately taken up the Carignan cause and produced some distinctive and delicious examples. Now that it is subject to...

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