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Giovanni Montisci

VINO <i>BIANCO</i> “MODESTU” Giovanni Montisci - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant


Mamoiada, in the heart of Sardegna’s mountainous interior, could be considered a grand cru site for the Cannonau grape. Planted at dizzying altitudes on granite soils, the grape reaches a grandiose expression that rivals, in its own way, the finest Grenaches from Châteauneuf or Priorat. One of Mamoiada’s foremost ambassadors, Giovanni Montisci cultivates just two hectares of bush-trained old vines at 650 meters elevation. The chilly nights here preserve a certain buoyancy to these deep, complex wines perfumed of wild fruit, flowers, Mediterranean herbs, and spices—a truly compelling translation of this extreme terroir, made for the hearty local cuisine of Sardegna’s mountains.
      Giovanni’s wines reflect his painstaking attention to detail, from the organic work in the vineyards—which he often plows with the help of a bull—to the gorgeous Quintarelli inspired labels that adorn the bottle. His wines are fermented spontaneously, aged in neutral wood, and bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal added sulfur. They are proof that Sardegna is capable of much, much more than the simple quaffer.
      Modestu is a dry Moscato from sixty-year-old vines, fermented for five days on its skins. Mouth-fillingly fleshy, it will take you on an aromatic walkabout as it evolves in your glass. The word psychedelic sums it up nicely. —Anthony Lynch


  • Vintage 2016
  • Bottle Size 750mL
  • Blend Moscato
  • Appellation Vino da Tavola
  • Country Italy
  • Region Sardinia
  • Vineyard 60 years
  • Soil Sandy granite, clay
  • Winemaker Giovanni Montisci
  • Farming Organic (practicing)
  • Alcohol 14%

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