Sella & Mosca Tanca Fara 2006

sella-mosca-tanca-farraA few years ago, one of the all-time great Chairman’s Selection values came from Sella & Mosca; in that case, their Carignano del Sulcis, sold at a shockingly low $7.99, offered tons of old-world complexity and has continued to improve in my cellar. As such, my radar blipped immediately when it learned of a new CS – the Tanca Farra 2006, a 50/50 blend of Cannonau (aka Grenache) and Cabernet Sauvignon – from Sardinia’s largest winery (and one of Europe’s, for that matter), even if it is a comparatively expensive $15.99.

Whereas the Carignano is rustic, a touch rough, and perhaps not for everyone, the Tanca Farra – which comes from the Alghero DOC – is more modern in style, making it very approachable, but not without nuance. In fact, one of the big wins about this wine is that just about anyone should be able to enjoy it, from the house red drinker to the fine wine collector. Rich and dense with dark berry fruit, it also offers sweet spice and vanilla flavors from extended time in oak (which mellow with air), and underlying hints of earth and garrigue (herbs de Provence), that suggest time in the cellar might even improve this wine for those of us who are always on the lookout for savory, secondary characteristics.

Pair with grilled red meats and/or stews. Drink now or hold 3-5 years. 91-93

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