ALGHERO DOC, THE BEAUTY OF PLURALITY – James Magazine

Alghero or Alguerin 1986 it was also the song of the summer, is the gateway city to the northwest of the Sardinia known as the small Barcelona, where you can still breathe today a past of Aragonese domination. The ramparts and watchtowers underline its structure as an ancient coastal town, while the characteristic alleys immortalize it as if suspended between a past of history and culture and a future of landscapes, colors, smells of its sea , gastronomy and enogastronomic tradition. The first edition of Alghero Doc weekenda three-day event (May 6-8), organized by Consortium for the Protection of Alghero Doc Wines together with Tourist Consortium Riviera del Corallo Alghero with the contribution of Autonomous Region of Sardinia and the patronage of Municipality of Algherodedicated to the promotion of the territory with visits to local cellars for tastings to discover the oenological richness, made us discover a very ancient art of winemaking, favored by a position of the city inserted between plains and hills, a composition heterogeneous soil, lots of sun, sea breeze.

Alghero, and all around a wine heritage to be valued thanks to a designation of origin which has deployed all possible means to make itself known and to highlight the twelve member cellars of the Consortium for the Protection of Alghero Wines (Cooperative Society Cantina Santa Maria la Palma Alghero, Tenute Sella & Mosca, Tenute Delogu, Gabriele Palmas, Sias Annalisa, Azienda Agricola Ledà, Piras Marco Raimondo, Moro Ivan, SS Lamon Agricultural Society, F.lli Farris, Carboni Riccardo, Burruni Alberto mario). Born in 2007 to promote and protect the DOC Algherowhose specifications were approved in 1995, has deep roots in Nurra Algherese, that part of the territory that extends to the northwest of Sardinia and that is affected by the DOC. As often, there is strength in unity, and the ability to work together, to set common goals, improves individual results and the knowledge of a denomination that speaks of indigenous and international grape varieties, from Torbato to Sauvignon. and Chardonnay – sparkling wine typology – up to Cabernet, Merlot, Sangiovese and Cagnulari also in the Riserva type; finally Vermentino.

A future to write for many of them, but not for Sella & Mosca Estates that the future has foreseen it for a long time. A rich and fascinating history which sees its beginnings in 1899 when three young people from Biella create the company. Vittorio and Erminio Sella with the lawyer Edgardo Moscow, far-sighted and passionate founders, first gave life to a nursery, rich in a catalog of 1671 grape varieties, an important reference for all those whose vines were cleared by phylloxera, then to a wine-growing company. This is followed by the establishment of a 550-hectare vineyard in one piece, the birth of the cellar in 1903 annexed to what will become a village with a church and primary school. A wine project that, after going through various managements including Campari and Bonomi today in the hands of Terra Moretti, claims expressions of Alghero DOC of the highest level such as Torbato Terre Bianche Cuvée 161 or the red Marchese di Villamarina, Cabernet Sauvignon in purity.

From big to small, from international to native. The labels of Cagnulari, Cigala and Riserva Alghero Doc of the Agricultural Society Ledà – the total wine production is 16,000 bottles – are a real excellence. A reality born in 1997 with the planting of 9 hectares of vines followed in 2000 by five hectares of vines with Vermentino, Cagnulari, Merlot and Cabernet grape varieties, located in the Porto Conte park, is mainly a family wine resort. A receptive structure built in 2011 on an old farmhouse comprising nine bedrooms and two tasting rooms animated by Anna-Maria, sommelier and oil taster but also winemaker with marketing and tourism studies. The work in the vineyard is carried out entirely by hand, according to the specifications and following the rules of the quality mark of the Network of Parks. A few bottles protected by the Alghero Doc Wines Consortium, guaranteeing quality productions from one of the island’s most important wine-growing regions.

Gabriele Palmas it is a rather young winery but already well established on international markets. Gabriele with his wife Simona cultivates Vermentino and Cannonau but also Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah on a 15 hectare plot. The region lends itself to the breeding of international grape varieties, thanks to the stony and limestone soils, and the sea breezes.

A few kilometers between Alghero And Filingeri Tenute Delogu rises in the green of the Nurra of Alghero. Twenty-five hectares of land defined by themselves as “magical”, where wines such as Ego Cannonau di Sardegna Doc, Geo – Cannonau, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet – and Die il Vermentino di Sardegna Doc are born. , harmonious. “What I did was inspired by passion” He reveals Piero Delogu to anyone who exchanges a few words with him in his cellar, with the friendliness and helpfulness that characterize his company and that he expects from anyone who works there: “I produce wine from love and respect for the land. I am personally, surrounded by oenologists and wine merchants, all aspects of production: grapes, vinification, bottling. The passion inherent in each bottle of wine is the guarantee that we offer our customers and there is no lack of prizes and awards that confirm the excellence of our wines every year.“.

The value of the denomination and the protection of the territory go through the wine cooperation of Santa Maria La Palma, an agricultural cooperative society where many families of winegrowers, almost three hundred and fifty years old, have been allocated uncultivated land in the territory from Alghero. Strong arms and a straight back for digging, plowing, planting stumps and cuttings. Seven hundred hectares of vines and more than 5 million bottles marketed in 2021 alone make this company a major company at national and territorial level. The spirit of cooperation, mutual aid, the best technology at the service of all, the constant search for quality, are the basis of sustainable development and the economic support of all families which, thanks to the work of each one, allow the territory to develop. In the land of wine, digging the clods while looking at the sea today is almost a privilege.

TASTING

Terre Bianche Cuvée 161 2021 Domaines Sella & Mosca

Intense expression of Torbato, a native Sardinian loved for its uniqueness and taste intensity. A grape that smells of sea breeze, bergamot, candied citrus fruits, thistle and medicinal herbs, and which releases all its territorial character in the mouth. Sapid, fresh, brackish, energetic, with decisive traits of spices and ripe fruit, it is a structured and complex glass that is matched only by itself.

Cigala 2017 Farm Ledà

Intense, vertical, deeply spicy and balsamic. A clean wine that faithfully tells the territory, a masterful execution without compromise. Ruby red with purple hues is a bouquet of spice, blackberries, licorice, medicinal herbs and balsamic. Strong character, harmonic and balanced structure despite its high alcoholic volume.

Cagnulari 2010 Cellar Santa Maria La Palma

Indigenous grape variety that expresses itself best on the sandstones of the Arenosu region. Ruby red with violet reflections, it is warm, soft, voluminous, with a characteristic background with a dense texture and silky tannins. His timepiece is magnificent, an expressive and satisfying red with a savory finish and long persistence.

Cabernet 2018 Gabriele Palmas

A versatile variety, Cabernet is present in the appellation and grown from Alghero to Sassari with great results. The expression that Gabriele Palmas has built with careful work in the vineyard and in the cellar is beautiful, giving a wine characterized by the right sugar content and perfect acidity. Ample nose of ripe red fruits with typical notes of tomato leaf. Voluminous, vertical, tasty on the palate. The cellar produces around 5000 bottles.

Cagnulari 2019 Delogu Estates

Piero Delogu’s Cagnulari is characterized by predominantly red clay soils and limestone layers that make it bright, persuasive and structured. The tannic note is completely thinned out, highlighting black red fruits, fruit jam, notes of liquorice and Mediterranean scrub. A complex, fine and elegant sip.

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