Empson USA Shardana Wines
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Valli Di Porto Pino "Shardana" IGT: 85% Carignano (partly pre-phylloxera) and 15% Shiraz. Some of the Shardana vines are over 100 years old, from rare pre- phylloxera stock. Their roots grow in finely textured, wind-swept sand that naturally prevents phylloxera from depositing its eggs. This exceptional circumstance, together with state-of-the-art quality standards and 12 months' careful ?levage in Allier and Tron?ais barrique, produce an extract packed, luscious, full-bodied Carignano varietal, with just a touch of Shiraz. The color is a dark, purple with ruby reflections indicating concentration, intensity, and complexity. Its black cherry notes are confirmed on the nose, where fruit, leather and game are laced with subtle spice. On the palate, there are lingering aromas of overripe cherries, well-integrated oak, and spices. Soft, smooth texture and layered structure, a very long finish.