I thought the 2011 was the best ever from this stylish wine producer in Sardinia. But the 2012 is clearly better showing vivid aromas of currants, dried cherry, rosemary, citrus and dried chili. Full body, dense but not heavy center palate, and a long savory, mushroom, mahogany and berry aftertaste. A blend of local varieties with a hint of international ones. Yeah. Drink or hold.
Publish Date: Monday, October 22, 2012
94 points from James Suckling
The 2012 Barrua is similar to the hot vintage that proceeds it. This so-called "Sardinian Sassicaia" is made by the same people who brought us the legendary Tuscan red wine. Barrua is a blend of Carignano, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that sees some 18 months of oak aging. This edition shows a soft and slightly jammy style with dark blackberry preserves, dried cherry, black olive and generous secondary aromas of oak spice and tobacco. Barrua always shows impeccable balance. Considering the warm vintage conditions, this edition offers that same sense of overall harmony. The wine is engineered for either near or long term drinking. It should hold for a decade.
91 points from Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Lively, deep ruby red with complex scents of mature red fruits (mainly black cherry), spices, notes of liquorice and hints of myrtle. An elegant wine that shows exceptional workmanship.
Pair with braised lamb or rich stews such as osso buco or a Moroccan lamb tagine.
GRAPES: Carignano, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot