Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva DOC 2020

Type: Red
Country: Italy
Region: Sardinia, Alghero
Grape Variety: 100% Cannonau
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Viticulture: Organic Farming
Rating: 92 James Suckling Points, 94 James Suckling Points (2020)

Climate: Hot and dry climate with windy conditions influenced by the vineyards’ proximity to the sea
Terroir: 18 year old vineyards grow on a rocky soilbed cultivated with the spurred cordon system
Ageing: Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature. Aged for 24 months, where at least 12 months are in big barrels

Color: Ruby red
Nose: Mature and refined aromas. The fresh scent of violet is perfectly integrated with notes of jam, plums, blackcurrant and oriental spices
Palate: Solid and well-structured palate with fresh bursts of balsam, medicinal herbs and berries. The aftertaste presents toasted hints before returning to its spicy route

About the Winery:
A jewel in the Mediterranean, Sardinia is a rustic and enchantingly beautiful island with extreme geography and vinous diversity to tempt travellers and wine enthusiasts alike. Mr. Sella and Mr. Mosca fell in love with this land over a century ago and established Sella & Mosca, one of Italy’s most renowned wine estates. The estate was since founded in 1899, at a time where phylloxera was ravaging Europe. However, as Sardinia was detached from the mainland, the island could harvest phylloxera-free baby vines, which were sold in other regions of Italy and southern Europe.

Today, the winery is one of the largest estates in Europe today, with 541 hectares of vines planted. The climate here is hot and dry, with inland vineyards covering mountainous terrain of granite, schist, sandstone and limestone soil. The vineyards are surrounded by a budding ecosystem, with landscaped gardens, a profusion of flowering oleanders, maritime pines, palm trees and eucalyptus.

Sella & Mosca’s produce are highly revered by wine critics around the world. Antonio Galloni (Vinous) has published “I always look forward to tasting the wines of Sella e Mosca, one of Sardinia’s most historic properties. These wines deliver terrific quality and tons of pure value.” His words were echoed by Monica Larner (Robert Parker) who wrote that its Carignano del Sulcis is “a frankly ridiculous value.” Their wines had placed Sardinia on the viticultural map and brought famed to the classic Cannonaus, brilliant Vermentinos and bold Carignan del Sulcis.