NEW! Cannonau Riserva, Olianas, Sardinia, Italy 2014

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NEW! Cannonau Riserva, Olianas, Sardinia, Italy 2014

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Cannonau is the Italian name for Garnacha (arguably Spain's most important grape variety) and it proliferates in Sardinia, because the Spanish ruled here for nearly four centuries and, you may be surprised to know, Catalan is still spoken in the northwestern Sardinian port of Alghero. 

This is an expression of Cannonau at its richest and most voluptuous and you can thank Vegas and Dinette for that. They are the two pack horses, who plough the rows of these organic vineyards, ensuring that the plants have to delve deep into the soil to find nutrients. Hard-working vines produce concentrated berries (thicker skins, less pulp) and that translates into a richer wine. This is a full-bodied, oak-aged evocation of inky blackberries, vanilla, blackcurrant cordial, sandalwood and black cherry compote. 18 months in French and Slavonian oak. Organic. 14.5% alc. Drink now-2024.


Press review:

Jancis Robinson.com (Tamlyn Currin): "Sweet, dark aromas of burnt toffee and leather and dark chocolate. Big, broad and brooding, grilled plums, molasses. Warming alcohol. A bit of a Big Friendly Giant, but with a dancing line of acidity. If ever there was a wine that could match sweet-smoky barbecue ribs in a Bourbon maple glaze, this is it. Drink now-2019." 16 points
 

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