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2016 Cannonau di Sardegna
“Barrosu”

Giovanni Montisci

2016 Cannonau di Sardegna <br /> “Barrosu” Giovanni Montisci - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

The village of Mamoiada lies in the heart of the Gennargentu, a mountain range far removed from the postcard-worthy rocky coves and turquoise waters that make up Sardinia’s spectacular coastline. This high above sea level, nighttime temperatures reach icy lows, creating a long and steady growing season for the small plots of stubby, twisted old Cannonau vines that dot the rustic landscape. Giovanni Montisci cultivates two hectares of vineyards in the granite soils here, which he farms organically (tilled by bull!) and tends like little gardens. Naturally fermented and bottled unfiltered, his 2016 “Barrosu”—a local word for someone who is brazen or bold—shows just what Mamoiadan Cannonau is capable of achieving. Imposing as its name suggests, this imperial red recalls wild strawberry, juniper, and Mediterranean scrubland. Lovers of Barolo and Châteauneuf—or the venerable wines of Quintarelli—will not want to miss it.

Anthony Lynch

$55.00
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Cannonau
Appellation: Cannonau di Sardegna
Country: Italy
Region: Sardinia
Producer: Giovanni Montisci
Winemaker: Giovanni Monstisci
Vineyard: 60 years
Soil: Sandy granite, Clay
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 15.5%

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About Sardinia

Our first foray into Sardegna is very recent, and it only took one trip to fall in love with the island, its culture, and its wines. Similar to its northerly neighbor, Corsica, there is a strong regional identity here that goes far beyond its official status as one of Italy’s twenty regions. Its people are proud, strong-willed, and deeply attached to their traditions—a distinctive character often seen with island people and accentuated by its long history of invasions and outside rule.

This tumultuous past has resulted in diverse influences—Greek, Roman, Aragonese, Catalan, and Ligurian, just to name a few—that have shaped the island’s culture, language, cuisine, and wines over many centuries. While Vermentino and Cannonau (aka Grenache) reign, Sardegna also boasts a number of indigenous grapes that are capable of expressing something unique in its abundant variety of terroirs.

The Mediterranean plays a major role, providing cooling, salty breezes to coastal areas, while the rugged, mountainous interior is home to high-altitude sites where wines retain freshness in spite of the southerly latitude. The granitic highlands of Gallura and Barbagia come to mind as some of its most qualitative zones, but a range of soils, elevations, and varying distance to the sea mean that the island is capable of producing wines in all styles, from crisp whites to powerful reds and exquisite vini dolci.

The three growers we represent bring something new to the table, something fascinating that is not found elsewhere in Italy or even in nearby Corsica. Their wines evoke the rustic beauty of this fascinating island civilization, and of course, pair perfectly with the local cuisine, be it seafood-based or the hearty, earthy specialties of its interior.

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