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A Trio of Cannonau di Sardegna


I am deep in research mode again so just a quick post for today.  I am a big fan of Grenache in general, also known as Cannonau in Sardinia.  The 2011 Pala, i Fiori, Cannonau di Sardegna and 2010 Argiolas, Costera, Cannonau di Sardegna both offer young flavors with the former robust and the later firm.  If you are looking for an inexpensive yet mature wine the grab the 2008 Sella & Mosca, Riserva, Cannonau di Sardegna.  All three represent good wines to drink during the week.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2011 Pala, i Fiori, Cannonau di Sardegna – $17
Imported by Banville & Jones Wine Merchants.  This wine is 100% Cannonau sourced from various soils of clay, gravel, and limestone.  It was fermented in stainless steel then aged for eight months in a mixture of stainless steel and concrete tanks.  Alcohol 14%.  There were robust aromas on the nose.  In the mouth the acidity was immediately noticeable on the tongue tip and persisted until the end.  There were lively ripe flavors that became drier towards the long aftertaste.  There was a subtle hint of wood which morphed into some smoke in the aftertaste.  There was also a hint of minerals.  ** Now-2016.

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2010 Argiolas, Costera, Cannonau di Sardegna – $14
Imported by Winebow.  This wine is a blend of 90% Cannonau, 5% Carignano, and 5% Bovale Sardo sourced from soils of pebbly, calcareous clay-loam.  It was fermented in stainless steel then aged in a combination of barriques and cement tanks.  Alcohol 14%.  There were initial flavors of red and blue fruit followed by firmer red and black fruit.  There was some ripeness, a little watering acidity, and a bit of texture in the finish.  The flavors straightened up with air.  Good value.  ** Now-2015.

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2008 Sella & Mosca, Riserva, Cannonau di Sardegna – $13
Imported by Palm Bay International.  This wine is 100% Cannonau sourced from clay and sandy soils.  It was fermented in stainless steel then aged for two years in large Slavonian oak barrels.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose was a touch heady with woodsy, bottle age notes.  With air there was some attractive wood box aromas alone with an attractive deep and sweaty aspect.  The red fruit flavors were still fresh in the mouth making way to wood box notes in the middle and red-black fruit in the finish.  It did become softer in the mouth with a rougher aftertaste.  There was some watering acidity and a little salty aspect. A solid experience.  ** Now-2018.

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