2007 Sella e Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva

SKU #1070327 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva is a pleasurable, up-front wine with good balance and character. Dried cherries, wild herbs and worn-in leather are some of the notes that flow from this forward Cannonau. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.  (6/ 2011)

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 This opens with bright aromas of wild berry, white cherry, spice, cola and dried medicinal herb. It’s a streamlined, elegant wine, with fresh acidity and a bitter almond finish.  (7/ 2012)

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By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/25/2012  | Send Email
What is it about Italian wines? A single nation with literally hundreds of native varietals, a patchwork of diverse regions, each with its own unique history and culture, and yet…there is something so peculiarly “Italian” about its wines…something indefinable but nonetheless distinctive and compelling. All of this was on my mind as I tasted the 2007 Sella e Mosca Cannonau Riserva. 100% Grenache from the island of Sardinia. Lightly floral and deliciously fruity. Intriguingly spicy and wonderfully savory. Notes of wild raspberry compote and orange zest, of sandalwood and saddle leather. Enjoy with roast lamb or your favorite meat and pasta dish. Uniquely Italian. Exceptional value.

By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/25/2012  | Send Email
I’d forgotten how good this wine is. I remembered it being kind of funky and earthy and it was just what I was in the mood for (and in my budget), so I picked up a bottle the other night. Medium bodied, nice bright cherry fruit, and an unmistakable “garrigue” quality that reminds me of wines from deep in the Languedoc or Roussillion regions of France. Incredible value too. We finished off an open bottle from the night before with dinner but felt like another glass so popped this and drank it sans food. It did however go very well with four episodes of “Modern Family”. And the remainder was lovely with lunch the next day. CM

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/30/2011  | Send Email
The latest version of this best seller from a super high quality producer might be the best rendition ever. Super aromatic and flowery, this has a warm, roasted quality that is gentle and compelling but not over the top in terms of ripeness. This completely dry bottle of Cannonau (Grenache)has rich flavors of plum, roasted cherry, mineral, a touch of oak and tons of personality.

By: Jeremy Bohrer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/27/2011  | Send Email
This has been one of my go-to Italian wines for years. The 2007 vinatge of this puppy is delicious and a great example of what can be done with grenache in Sardenia.

 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 5/26/2012 
Ruby-red in the glass. Gentle, red fruits on the nose. Light & tart smoky red fruits with a pleasing acidic backbone. A simple quaffer set for imminent pleasure!

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Varietal:

Grenache

- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Sardinia