GRAPES: Monica 85%, Bovale 15%. San Bernardino is the holy saint of of Mogoro village. IT’S BEST ENJOYED WITH: It’s nice with pasta dishes also in gratin, served with meat or various tomato-based sauces; good match with roasted meats and semi-mature cheeses. It gets well with pizzas, fat fish fried or cooked with tomato sauce.
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LA MONICA: It's a varietal of Sardinian tradition, existing from the period of Spanish Aragon domination in Sardinia (about 1325 AC). It's very popular in the island for its great adaptability to different climatic conditions. With medium-high vigor, it has a quite well-developed and winged cluster, with medium-size berries. The skin thickness has a good black-purple color. The vine is very resistant to powdery mildew and matures between the second and third week of September.
TASTING NOTES: It’s bright and ruby red, with intense purple hints. At the nose you find immediately smells of racking off followed by fresh berries and violet. In the mouth it reveals structure, thanks also to the role of Bovale grape, and it’s characterized by a good balance between freshness, sweet tannins and persistence.
SAN BERNARDINO VINEYARDS: Vineyards are grown in freestanding training system on sandy soils, and are located in a particular area near Mogoro town. The soil is loose deep, characterized by Quaternary sands. The climate is sub/arid with mild winters and very hot summers, cooled by salty winds of the mistral. Average annual rainfall is 500 mm. The harvest is manual and crushing occurs within a few hours from picking. The yield per hectare is 70/80 q.
VINIFICATION: It occurs under temperature control of fermentation and use of selected yeasts. Vinification includes a period of maceration of 10 days long, carried out at temperature that never overtakes 26° C. It stills in steel vats until bottling.
Aged in stainless steel vats for 90% and 10% in chestnut barrels of 15 hectoliters.
BOTTLING AND AGEING: Sterile under nitrogen pressure. Bottling is never done before March following the harvest and, thanks to Bovale, it expresses its best qualities for two / three years. The optimal storage conditions are essential to appreciate the best characteristics of the wine.
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