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Argiolas Turriga - A Sardinian Icon: 1988-2004


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[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="137" caption="Argiolas Turriga"]Argiolas Turriga – A Sardinian Icon: 1988-2004[/caption]

Antonio Galloni recently profiled the Arigiolas Turriga on The Wine Advocate site.

Antonio had an extensive tasting of the Turriga, covering nearly every vintage, from the inaugural 1988 to 2004.

Each vintage received an impressive score and Antonio praised its consistency from year to year. “Even in smaller vintages balance and a sense of proportion are never in question, while the finest years achieve a brilliant combination of power and elegance,” said Antonio.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

"Argiolas is a family-run winery with a long track record that dates back to 1918, when Francesco Argiolas planted his first vines.

Argiolas makes a wide range of wines, from delicious, entry-level bottling all the way up to more prestigious selections. I have long considered the estate's wines - at all levels - reference points in Sardinian oenology.

Turriga was the brainchild of Giacomo Tachis, the consulting oenologist responsible for Sassicaia, Tignanello, Solaia and a number of other wines that defined an era when Tuscan reds first exploded onto the consciousness of consumers for their ability to stand side by side with the finest wines in the world. The Turriga vineyard was planted in 1975. This limestone-rich plot sits at an altitude of 230 meters above sea level, where breezes from the ocean keep the fruit well-ventilated. Cannonau, Sardinia's version of Grenache, is the principal variety in Turriga and typically accounts for 85% of the final blend. Bovale Sardo, Carignano and Malvasia Nera, all unique, indigenous varieties, play supporting roles and are used for roughly 5% each, although the final blend varies slightly from year to year. The grapes are fermented for 16-18 days and subsequently aged new French oak barrels prior to being assembled and bottled.

I was frankly surprised by how much time Turriga needs to show the full range of its pedigree. Most vintages are appealing upon release, yet Turriga has built an impressive track record of developing beautifully in bottle. I was also struck by Turriga's consistency from year to year. Even in smaller vintages balance and a sense of proportion are never in question, while the finest years achieve a brilliant combination of power and elegance. Readers who seek to understand the heights Sardinian viticulture and winemaking can reach owe it to themselves to explore Turriga, preferably a vintage with a few years of bottle age."

Antonio Galloni, April 2010

VintageScore
2004 Argiolas Turriga93
2002 Argiolas Turriga93
2001 Argiolas Turriga94
2000 Argiolas Turriga92
1999 Argiolas Turriga92
1998 Argiolas Turriga92
1997 Argiolas Turriga90
1995 Argiolas Turriga93
1994 Argiolas Turriga90
1993 Argiolas Turriga92+
1992 Argiolas Turriga91
1991 Argiolas Turriga92
1990 Argiolas Turriga93
1989 Argiolas Turriga88
1988 Argiolas Turriga91

See the tasting notes for 2004 Isola dei Nuraghi IGT Turriga