Today has been a strangely Fall like day, overcast, chilly, and a crisp wind. I am so not complaining because my hair needed a break from carrying around all that extra moisture, but it did make me want a hearty red for a change. I looked through my wine rack and decided on a bottle that I have had for a while and just never got around to opening. I did however do a review of the same grape here so feel free to mosey on over and read that review as well.
As I mentioned, I have done a review of this varietal before so I am going to spice it up and toss in a little knowledge about Italian wine law, if your eyes begin to glaze over just skip to the technical specs.
Do you look at wine labels and go, “Oh, this is a DOC, it must be good.” Or are you like what the eff is DOC? Maybe you know what it is, which is super cool, so you should probably skip this section smarty pants.
Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) is a status given to particular production areas or regions. In these regions DOC law governs the area of production, usable grape varieties, maximum yield, minimum degree of alcohol, vineyard and wine-making practices, and lastly aging requirements. On top of all of that the wine must pass a taste test for typicity and chemical analysis. Typicity meaning the wine must be true to its kind, because if they are not the wine is declassified.
DOC laws are often less strict than that of the DOCG (Denominazione di Controllata e Garantita) and less strict than DOC is IGT ( Indicazione Geografica Tipica).
Think of it as a ladder, IGT, DOC, DOCG, as you move up the ladder in status you are also required to follow stricter rules and regulations. Also, (you hope) the quality and prestige increases as the status climbs the ladder.
Enough of this ——> On to the wine!
Review: Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2010
Varietal: 100% Cannonau
Region: Cannonau di Sardegna DOC, Sardinia, Italy
Alcohol Content: 14.0%
Price: $17.95 CAD
Remember, Cannanau is to Grenache as Syrah is to Shiraz, one in the same. Yes, to make the world of wine slightly more confusing the same grape often has many titles.
This wine is a stunner. A bright ruby color in the glass with a nose full of red ripe berries: cherry, raspberry, and strawberry. Do not let the aromatic nose sway you into thinking this is going to be similar to the juicy lush Grenache from Spain, because accompanying the berries is earthy tones of tobacco, spice, and vegetal/herbal undertones.
First sip, you will be introduced to a medium-bodied old-world style red that is bright with similar to sucking on a lemon acidity and easy to drink tannins. I love drinking this wine as is, but I would wager that it would be magnificent with food. Magnificent meaning it will be easy to pair so grab a range of meat and cheese to pair with this.
I know I have brought up that Southern Italian wines are totally written off (wah, wah, wah) but for real, just look at this beauty of a place. Thank you Snorkeling in Sardinia for these beautiful photos that make me want to get on an airplane, right now!