Sella E Mosca Torbato Alghero Terre Bianche DOC 2008
Great Values from Italy/ Sella e Mosca is another of the Sardinian estates worth keeping an eye on. There wines are of terrific value. The 2005 Alghero Terre Bianco Torbato (100% Torbato) reveals an unusual, exotic profile of honeyed, ripe fruit, licorice and medicinal herbs. This medium-bodied, soft textured white will be at its best over the next year or two.Add winemaker's notes
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Great Values from Italy/ Sella e Mosca is another of the Sardinian estates worth keeping an eye on. There wines are of terrific value. The 2005 Alghero Terre Bianco Torbato (100% Torbato) reveals an unusual, exotic profile of honeyed, ripe fruit, licorice and medicinal herbs. This medium-bodied, soft textured white will be at its best over the next year or two.
Terre Bianche Torbato di Alghero DOC 2010 - 90 points, Wine Advocate/ ...gorgeous layers of juicy peaches, sage, mint, licorice and floral-infused honey. It possesses marvelous depth and polish to match its classy personality.
In Italy and elsewhere in Europe, wine connoisseurs and industry professionals rate Sella & Mosca among Italy's most outstanding wine estates. Sella & Mosca's I Piani estate in Sardinia constitutes the second largest contiguous vineyard in Italy and counts itself among the country's most impressive wineries. Situated in the northwest corner of Sardinia, just inland from the pretty, historic port of Alghero, this 1,600-acre property with more than 1,200 acres of vines is one of the largest wine estates in Europe. The Sella & Mosca estate in Alghero constitutes the last remaining preserve of the Torbato grape on the island of Sardinia and, for that matter, anywhere in the world. Quite simply, there are no other producers or nurseries possessing “mother vines” of this variety. While other Sardinian wine producers have abandoned this high-maintenance grape variety, Sella & Mosca has dedicated resources to protecting this rare but compelling legacy of Sardinia’s rich and ancient winemaking heritage. Though challenging to grow, difficult to maintain and naturally low in terms of yield, the reward is a unique white wine of immense varietal character, quality and appeal. Production Area From vineyards planted in white, chalky soil composed of millennia of marine deposits covering an expanse of more than 350 acres, belonging to the Sella & Mosca estate in Alghero. Grape Varieties 100% Torbato Vinification Grapes are manually and mechanically harvested between September and October. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at a low temperature for twenty days. Aging: 30% of the juice is aged four months in 2- and 3-year-old oak barrels. Bottling takes place late-February/early March. Color Delicate straw gold with golden tones Bouquet Notably fragrant with primary fruit aromas. Complex and persistent; very elegant Taste Fresh, crisp and flavorful, with a naturally assertive and pleasing acidity, complemented by nuances of vanilla derived from the oak aging Alcohol 12.5% Serving Suggestions Sensational with shellfish and seafood dishes.
Terre Bianche 2011 - 90 points, Wine Enthusiast/ This is a landmark wine for Sardinia that shows the amazing potential of the indigenous Torbato white grape. There’s amazing freshness here, and brightness with an incredibly vibrant quality of citrus and stone fruit. A mineral accent on the nose completes this very pretty picture.
Stellar Sardinian Wineries/ Sardinia's largest producer is best known for bottlings of such native varetals as Vermentino and Cannonau, but its 2005 Terre Bianche Torbato di Alghero, from the Torbato grape, is worth checking out. Sella & Mosca is one of the only wineries in the world that still bothers to grow this finicky varietal, and the effort pays off in this minerally white, which is barrel-aged fro three months to give it a sweet apple-pie aroma.
/ This lovely wine features excellent balance between substantial, ripe fruit and zesty acidic structure. Soft fruit recalls white peaches and melons, with weight that places this between light- and medium-bodied. Mineral notes in the finish work very nicely with the lingering fruit flavors and the acidity, which tail off together slowly and symmetcially.
/ This offers an excellent opportunity to taste Sardinia's Torbato grape. The flavors are inviting and intense, including yellow fruit, nuts, roasted chestnuts and honey. Bottom line: It's a wine with loads of personality.