Sella & Mosca "Marchesi di Villamarina" 2014
One of the last places people think of when the words "Cabernet Sauvignon" are used is Sardinia. Sella & Mosca has been making some of the greatest wines in Italy, and in Sardinia for over a century. They focus on the local varieties of Vermentino and Canonau (grenache). However, one thing they did decades ago is plant Cabernet on a plot that has turned into a treasure in the region of Alghero in Sardinia. The Marchese di Villamarina is like well structured Bordeaux from St. Estephe, but harkens back to the 80s when the wines had power. This 2014 is a drinker and a wine for the cellar. It has rich, powerful fruit, with dried savory herbs, and a punch of vanilla from the oak. This is a find!