Stella & Mosca’s Cannonau di Sardegna
Cannonau di Sardegna DOC Vendemmia* 2008, 13.5%, €11.95 (Karwig), 3.5 stars.
This island wine held my interest from start to finish. Colour is a weakish medium red but this is Grenache with muscle: mouth filling, juicy, fruity, spicy, straight-up. A lovely lively wine made from the Cannonau grape, a cousin or clone of Garnacha. I’m deliberately using the Garnacha here as it was the Spanish who planted up the island many moons ago.
This rugged island version is some distance from the smooth and polite Grenache you find on the Rhone and none the worse for that. Variety is the spice of life and this Sardinian effort underlines it.
Cannonau di Sardegna DOC Riserva 2007, 14%, €15.25 (Karwig)
Noah, it is said, used a garnet lantern to help him steer his ark through the dark night. Garrnet is the colour of this wine and I wouldn’t mind having more of this in the dark nights to come.
It is a while since I smelled violets so I can't confirm the label’s description of the bouquet except to say it is quite a pleasant one. But the mega pleasure comes when the wine hits the palate. It is like velvet.
The basic Cannonau above may be Grenache with muscle; this Riserva doesn't lack muscle but let us say that it is extremely well toned, supple and subtle, positively smooth and altogether very attractive.
It is a beautiful mouthful, the finish long and delicious and there are subtle spices from start to end. One to note, for sure.
· Vendemmia = Harvest or vintage.
· The Cannonau, with a big load of flavanoids, may be good for your health. Check it out here.