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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    10/21/2010, (See more on Garagiste...)

    (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:

    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:


    Thank you,

    Jon Rimmerman
    Seattle, WA

    Click here to view the status of your orders in O.A.R.S.

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  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    QPR Italian Battle, Episode #919, 9/16/2010, (See more on Wine Library TV...) 93 points

    (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

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