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Sella & Mosca Marchese di Villamarina 750ml 2003
Sku: 21789
At tastings and contests in Europe and beyond, this super-premium Cabernet Sauvignon from Sardinia has taken critics by storm. In 1994 it made a spectacular debut, when it won the hotly co ...more
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Product Information
Country: Italy
Region: Sardinia
Sub-Region: Alghero
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Still wine
Reg. $89.99
Buy Sella & Mosca Marchese di Villamarina
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 91 points - The 2003 Marchese di Villamarina (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) is a spicy, earthy red that marries the uniqueness of these terroirs with a level of richness and sheer density that is typical of Cabernet. Plums, sweet herbs and spices all come to life in this gorgeous, medium-bodied wine. A long, incredibly refined finish provides a wonderful bookend. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019. (Apr 2009)

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At tastings and contests in Europe and beyond, this super-premium Cabernet Sauvignon from Sardinia has taken critics by storm. In 1994 it made a spectacular debut, when it won the hotly contested category of Italian Reds for the Future at the 10th Annual Wine Challenge hosted by Wine, a top U.K. wine publication; rivals included Tuscany’s Sassicaia. Successive vintages have gone on to earn an extraordinary collection of no less than seven Tre Bicchiere designations from Gambero Rosso, Italy’s most influential wine magazine.
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.

Technical notes
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 82F. 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.

Food pairing
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.

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