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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 3 
ProducerCantina di Santadi (web)
VarietyCarignan Blend
AppellationValli di Porto Pino IGT
UPC Code(s)726452002880

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2017 (based on 18 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.8 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 142 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by dspieker on 6/3/2015 & rated 89 points: Brickish color. Red fruit and spice aromas with consistent flavors. Medium body with good balance and nice finish. (353 views)
 Tasted by ravbik on 5/6/2015 & rated 88 points: Last bottle. Some seepage with soaked cork. First day bitter and tannic but fruits came out and tannins dissipated on day 2. Would buy again (511 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/29/2015 & rated 93 points: Very sweet, red-brick and bright red fruit tones. Light to medium-bodied, some sulphur and light spice. This is stunningly good for the price; drinking great now. Drink now. (628 views)
 Tasted by Bumbanian on 2/19/2015: last bottle. delicious. (740 views)
 Tasted by carlsport on 2/9/2015 & rated 89 points: Very interesting wine. Started a bit slow on PnP, but after being upon about an hour, really hit its stride. Good to start on night #2, but faded. A lot of different aromas and flavors evolving and devolving over two nights. (790 views)
 Tasted by Grill Factor on 2/7/2015 flawed bottle: Four of my last 6 bottles were oxidized, corks soaked all the way through. Too bad (665 views)
 Tasted by Rich S on 11/8/2014 & rated 92 points: Decanted for sediment. The nose evolved over the course of being open for about 30 mins with the last few sips being the best. Nose showed a bit of smoke and meat mixed with iron/mineral notes, dried red fruits and some menthol cough drop. On the palate the wine showed dried plum and black cherry, slightly raisiny fruit, some sweet spice and a bit of oak on the back end. Good acidity but tannins are mostly faded and sweet. Nice finish. A really different and well made wine. (1070 views)
 Tasted by BigJPwineman on 11/3/2014 & rated 93 points: Decanted. Dark ink in the glass. Nose of cocoa, spice, menthol, and blueberry all follow through on the palate. Palate is dense and complex with eucalyptus, black currant, coffee, chocolate, and tar. Big and bold. Tannins have sweetened considerably. Very enjoyable. (992 views)
 Tasted by ravbik on 9/14/2014 & rated 92 points: Similar to last note. Still tasting great (1176 views)
 Tasted by cobystilp on 9/3/2014 & rated 91 points: Bright and delicious! A said there is a lot of spearmint on the tip of your tongue. I think she it sensing the acid. The wine is still very young even though my cork was wet to the top. (1223 views)
 Tasted by Grill Factor on 9/1/2014 flawed bottle: My two most recent bottles have been oxidized. Cork soaked almost all the way through. These were sent straight from the bottle shop to a cellar so I can't fault the storage. Disappointing, as the wine was once magnificent. (1204 views)
 Tasted by wormfarmer on 8/23/2014 flawed bottle: Cork had bled through; wine hadn't oxidized, but there was something nasty on the nose. Was going to take to a restaurant, decided against it. Upon return found that some of the funk had blown off, but by then we weren't interested (and it still wasn't good). Not going to ask Rimmerman for a refund, but I sure ain't batting well with Garagiste of late, despite all their hype of perfect provenance, etc. I'd estimate that whereas my "flawed" rate for other stores/wineries is x < 1%, Garagiste bottles are around 5% or so. (839 views)
 Tasted by Baggio on 6/26/2014 & rated 94 points: Very good. Complex and balanced. Much sediment. (1145 views)
 Tasted by Quarked on 6/3/2014 & rated 90 points: Raspberries with a burnt sugar overtone. Not at all like my previous bottle in 2011. (1026 views)
 Tasted by ron m on 5/14/2014: Dark red; Vibrant nose of berries plums and herbs; Ripe, rich, dark berries, licorice, very good acidity, somewhat hollow on the mid palate; long savory finish with plenty of tannin. Good, best on day 2 - needs a few more years. (1030 views)
 Tasted by KSWinegeek on 5/2/2014 & rated 91 points: Lots of sediment. (1041 views)
 Tasted by wormfarmer on 4/29/2014: May have screwed this one up. Popped and sipped -- it was tight and (overly) bright, with blowsy levels of alcohol. Decanted, re-corked, took to restaurant -- only to find that 3 out of 4 adults present weren't drinking this eve. No problem, I thought, based on notes here indicating Day 2 would be glorious -- but it isn't. It's diffuse and unstructured and just a bunch of gloppy red fruit. May use in Greek pork stew, may dump. Have one more bottle and won't wait a day on it. (1094 views)
 Tasted by mtolerico on 4/15/2014 & rated 91 points: A bit better on day 2, the tannins have really softened, still has a bit more raisin then I generally like but it's a classic Italian profile and is a pretty good overall value. (882 views)
 Tasted by mtolerico on 4/13/2014: A bit advanced but the cork was very soaked. Rasins, damp earth, medium red fruit, medium acidity and alcohol. Overall it's nice but probably not the best example. (724 views)
 Tasted by Charlie Pendejo on 3/9/2014: I'm with Bevetroppo this time: age has not been kind to this. Could be my palate's moved as much as the wine, but this is showing - to me - as overripe and disjointed. Though it''s still got decent acidity, that seems somehow out of sync with the high alcohol and the somewhat pruney fruit, so it doesn't gracefully balance so much as wobble around as each element in turn starts to topple the tower over in its direction. Glad this was my last. (882 views)
 Tasted by andtheodor on 2/25/2014 & rated 88 points: The warm climate shows here with an upfront concord grapiness, blackberry compote, licorice, soap, tanned leather, EtOH, somewhat stewy, very dark. Muscular, raspy tannin adds a bitterness to the sweet cooked fruit with dark cocoa, black pepper, and a mineral sense not that different from some Aglianico. Not short on character, but a little lacking in charm, this was good with a sausage/white bean/kale stew, but is too rustic to enjoy much on its own. (1072 views)
 Tasted by r&j on 1/19/2014 & rated 92 points: Decanted for three hours. Great nose, black berry/cherry, licorice some leather and spice. Went great with filet on the grill. (1084 views)
 Tasted by bevetroppo on 1/13/2014 & rated 85 points: What was I thinking when I bought this? I must have been in an exploratory mindframe, but then, I shouldn't have shoved it onto an inaccessible shelf where I wouldn't find it for 8 years or whatever.

If it was ever any good, it's now weary, stale and unprofitable. Ponderous, syrupy, and dull. It's not BAD, per se, just a thick mass of faded prune-like brambly fruit that breaks down in the mid-palate on its way to a weak yet hot finish. Could be my fault entirely cause who knows how long this is supposed to last? I may have to get a jump on spring cleaning my cellar, or perhaps the more appropriate term is winter pruning?

Update: for those of you who may not have seen my notes before-I never look at any other notes before tasting and recording my own. But I was struck by two things after I made my initial posting. First, the community seems to love this wine, so maybe I just got an off bottle. I don't recognize it from any of the 90 or so other mostly positive notes. Second, the wildly favorable "professional" review is from Gary Vaynerchuk. As my father used to say, "you pays your money, you takes your chances." (1479 views)
 Tasted by paulst on 1/1/2014 & rated 89 points: Rustic with raspberry; deep; nice finish. (1168 views)
 Tasted by ravbik on 9/24/2013 & rated 92 points: Deep rich red, need to decant at least one hour to open up. Flavors intensify with dark red fruits, acidic, well rounded tannins .great qpr. Tobacco, leather, graphite. Little rough on the edges. (1575 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, The Best of Central and Southern Italy (Jun 2010)
(Santadi Shardana) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jon Rimmerman
Garagiste (10/21/2010)
(SHARDANA Cantina Santadi) Shardana

Dear Friends,

We’ve had a large number of inquiries for this wine but I was unable to secure a well-priced parcel until this morning.

From the southern tip of Sardinia, surrounded by wild and protected land (near Porto Pino), the Shardana is an example that could only be produced from an environment that has grown without great influence from the Continent. Scattered pre-phylloxera Carignan vines co-exist with those merely 100 years of age (!) and the bottling of 2005 Shardana (the name given to the Sardinians by the Phoenicians) is a large-scaled and exotic success - not to mention, it is produced near one of the most stunning and unspoiled beaches in all of Europe.

For those of you looking for something a bit more than the low-impact, high acid staple we usually force upon you, this all-too intriguing example has the power (and poise) of something unique. The addition of a small amount of Syrah in the blend works wonders with the Carignan and the result is an aromatic and palate-staining cacophony that will make your lips smack. If you can imagine a char-grilled Fiorentina or slow-braised winter stew come December, instead of the requisite Cabernet or Chateauneuf du Pape, try the Shardana instead - it will spin a certain magic as an accompaniment (be sure to decant for one hour):

For the tariff, this wine is a bargain compared to other high-end examples. It presents a peek at a special vein of old-vine Carignan grown away from mainland of Europe. Somehow, they’ve managed to harness that essence and transport it to our shores precisely for your enjoyment...and your exploration...

ONE SHIPMENT ONLY at this price:

2005 Cantina Santadi “Shardana” -
(compare at up to $35+)

FIRST COME FIRST SERVED up to 24/person until we run out

To order: niki@garagistewine.com

This parcel is set to arrive in a few weeks (please check OARS for local pick up after Nov 10th). If the weather cooperates, we should be able to ship it this fall.

Out of state orders will be held for free under ideal storage conditions (56 degrees/70%humidity) until shipping is possible. Locals may pick up at their leisure.

For current local pick up and arrival/ship information, please see your OARS link below (at the bottom of this offer) - don’t know how to access your OARS? Simply click the link and see your account. You can also paste the link into your browser. If you are having trouble with your link or your account, please contact: support@garagistewine.com


Thank you,

Jon Rimmerman
Seattle, WA

Click here to view the status of your orders in O.A.R.S.
By Gary Vaynerchuk
Wine Library TV, QPR Italian Battle, Episode #919 (9/16/2010)
(Santadi Shardana) #1; COLOR-dark; NOSE-power; like a chocolate brick being stuffed up your nose; smells great; there's huge intensity; very deep, rich wine; smells like a $70-$80 wine; PALATE-this is a very big and bombastic wine; HUGE fruit; explosive; very viscous; like an imaginary blend of the Rhone (CdP) and Italy; very intense structure; black pepper; leather; great black currant; like globs of jelly; this is a SPECTACULAR bottle of Carignon; great structure; I love the pepper, the intensity, the viscosity, the structure; love this wine; like a $70-$80 wine for $24 bones; AG-94; GV-93  93 points
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