Color - Initially dark, ruby red, during maturation it loses intensity and takes on a warmer tone
Bouquet - Mesmerizing scent, redolent of violets
Taste - Warm, dry, and harmonious with plumy fruit flavors and an aristocratic oak overtone.
Wine Advocate 88 points - A flagship wine from Sardinia, the 2010 Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva presents a very authentic portrait of the island’s most celebrated red grape. There is austerity here and a sense of vinous earnestness that distinguishes the wine’s unique personality. Instead of banal softness or richness, here you get firm lines and sharp contours with bright berry, spice, licorice and grilled herb. There should be some fat in your food pairing (cheese or pork belly) to counter the wine’s rigid persona. (Dec 2014)
As Sardinia’s foremost wine producer, Sella & Mosca is renowned for premium wines made exclusively from estate-grown grapes. In addition to native varieties such as Vermentino and Cannonau, the winery has successfully pioneered the introduction of international grape varieties, notably Cabernet Sauvignon.
|Wine maker notes
|The grapes are harvested manually and mechanically in late autumn and undergo fermentation in stainless steel vats for fifteen days at 72-79¢ªF.
Aged two years in large Slavonian oak barrels with an additional several months in bottle prior to release.
|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.
Sella & Mosca, which celebrated its centennial in 1999, was founded by Messrs. Sella and Mosca, two Piedmontese businessmen respected to this day for their prominent roles in the Risorgimento (Italy’s 19th-century unification movement). Today, the property is owned by Campari.
As Sardinia’s foremost wine producer, Sella & Mosca is renowned for premium wines made exclusively from estate-grown grapes. In addition to native varieties such as Vermentino, Torbato and Cannonau, the winery has successfully pioneered the introduction of international grape varieties, notably Cabernet Sauvignon.
Surrounded by landscaped gardens and a profusion of flowering oleanders, the estate winery features multiple tasting rooms, an expertly designed enoteca and a fascinating exhibit showcasing replicas of archaeological finds unearthed on the estate and now housed in museums. Each year, especially during the summer months, the estate attracts visitors from all over Europe, who come to see this spectacular property for themselves. News of its intriguing wines has started to resonate with American lovers of fine Italian wines.