Vigne Rada Arsenale Alghero Cagnulari 2018
Cagnulari owns the spotlight around Alghero, on the island’s northwest coast. Thought to be the local version of Spain’s Graciano, possibly introduced to Sardinia during the period of Catalan occupation centuries ago, Cagnulari is a dense, inky red.
In the three years since we began working with family-run Vigne Rada, we have seen their Cagnulari go from an unapologetically tannic, tooth-staining animal to something velvety, replete with rich black fruit and fragrant reminders of the scrubby coastal vegetation that surrounds the vineyards. Rada’s dense, minty Cagnulari is a reminder to take Sardinian reds very seriously. Make room on your table and in your cellar to savor novel flavors from these newfound stars of this Mediterranean paradise.
Blend: 100% Cagnulari
Producer: Vigne Rada
Winemaker: Bardino family
Soil: Alluvial with riverbed stones and quartz
Aging: Wine ages in stainless steel tank for 12 months and then 4-6 months in 500L oak tonneaux (no new oak)