2016 Pala "I Fiori" Cannonau di Sardegna

SKU #1329296 93 points James Suckling

 A fresh Cannonau with hibiscus, red cherries, spicy cranberries, lemons and orange rind. Medium to full body, crunchy red fruit, tangy acidity and a spicy finish. So beautiful and refined. Amazing value!  (10/2017)

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 A medium-bodied red, with light tannins and a spicy thread winding through the crushed raspberry, citrus and herb notes. Fresh. Drink now through 2019. (AN, Web Only-2017)

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/4/2018 | Send Email
This is warm, sweet and fresh with a middle of juicy berries and aromas of ripe plums and ash. Here is a delightful super drinkable bottle to go with any kind of food and that is priced to purchase by the case.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/3/2018 | Send Email
My only other experience with Cannonau is the brilliant offering from Sella e Mosca (both the 2011 and 2013). So I was a bit skeptical about such an affordable, young version. But wow, what a great wine! It has fresh fruit flavors of plum, blueberries, brambly fruits and herbs, with a touch of baked pastry notes. There’s great tannins, and surprisingly great acidity for a warm weather Grenache! This is going to age well for 5 to 10 years, easy!

Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2018 | Send Email
Aromatics of purple and red plums jump from the glass as you raise it to your nose. It is fresh with lively acidity, integrated structure and lots of sweet fruits- plums, raspberries and red cherries. The use of cement and stainless steel keeps the wine's integrity and character- soft spice and a savory earth component that adds to the freshness of ripe fruit throughout.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2018 | Send Email
Cannonau is one of the main red grapes of Sardinia and this is 100%. (Aka Garnacha, Grenache ) This shows, middle eastern spiciness of sandalwood, cedar and plums, with bold, dramatic fruit character alternating with bursts of brilliant spice and pepper. A great cocktail wine on a cold winter’s night.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2018 | Send Email
This is classic Cannonau. Unmistakeable from the first sniff, bold dark cherry and red fruit backed by a distinctive savory herbal note. It is medium bodied but rich and mouth-filling, with lots of juicy dark fruits, dusty myrtle herbal notes and a modest amount of tannin and acid to pull it all together. This is every night Italian wines with no edges nor extreme earthiness, yet unmistakably Italian. Think red sauce, red meat, hard cheese and good company.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2018 | Send Email
Wow! This is a sexy beast of a wine. Lots of wild berry fruit, seductive aromas and silky tannins make this an irresistible offering. I had to do a double-take when I saw the price, I easily expected this to be in the mid-to-high 20s but was pleasantly surprised to see it at the jaw-dropping price of only $14.99. A flat-out delicious offering for under $15 this is a wine to buy b y the case.
Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2022

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2018 | Send Email
Cannonau is the Grenache of Sardinia, so if you're a fan of Cote du Rhone style French wines and food-friendly bistro fare, this is the Italian version. Plush on the palate and loaded with flavors of fresh berries, herbs, and exotic spices, the 2016 Pala is the perfect wine to get you out of your Dolcetto/Barbera rut. I'm generally on the hunt for lower tannin levels in my Italian red wine because I eat a lot of pasta and vegetarian dishes, so Chianti, Brunello, and Barolo are too heavy and overpowering without the meat. The Pala did just the trick over the holidays, offering up classic Italian flavor with an elegant and easily approachable profile.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2018 | Send Email
The nose is pure, focused plumy fruit, fresh but you can smell the intensity and focus. On the palate this wine isn’t ponderous it has great acidity to focus the richness of the body lifting those flavors and creating a vibrant and dynamic palate feel. The flavors are dense, powerful spiced plum with a great palate presence giving you the sensation of weight and power yet the wine is very drinkable and supremely well balanced. This is Grenache from Sardinia, it is called Cannonau there, and the Pala winery produces the “Fiori” or flower label as there ready to drink wines. Fermented in stainless steel then aged in stainless or cement tanks until released I find best when opened an hour ahead of time. I’d pair this with lasagna or grilled sausages, something a bit more rustic and filling for colder winter nights.
Drink from 2018 to 2021

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/26/2017 | Send Email
Cannonau has gained attention of late due to its cultivation within one of the noted "blue zones" that dot the globe. People who inhabit these places are said to live the longest, healthiest lives and the Cannonau wines of Sardegna are included due to their polyphenolic content. Aside from the said health benefits, Cannonaus like this one are tasty, versatile red wines that our customers love. Pala's is bright and lively with scents of fresh raspberry, prickly pear, white pepper, and a pleasant touch of wild herbs. It's medium-bodied in texture and fills out with a bit of aeration. This is a great everyday red that will pair with a wide variety of mild and spicier foods. A wonderful island red.

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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.
Sub-Region:

Sardinia

Alcohol Content (%): 14