Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sella & Mosca Cannonau Riserva (Sardinia), 2004

Given my love for Grenache-based wines, I can't really justify my ignorance of Cannonau--the Italian Grenache. I chose a glass of this very enjoyable Cannonau from the wine list of the Lucrezia Italian BCafe in Chesterton, Indiana and can't wait to re-visit both the wine and the restaurant.

The color is a deep crimson with some noticeable bricking, but there is nothing old about the smells and flavors. Actually, this wine reminds me of a good Gigondas or Cairanne--big, spicy, peppery with sweetish blueberry fruit. As with a Southern Rhone, the black pepper, licorice element on the finish serves as a foil to the ripe fruit and gives the wine backbone and interest. It's at a good stage of maturity right now. This is my style of wine. Cannonau, where have you been all my life?


  1. Can you recommend any good cannonau labels worth trying? I've also heard great things about it. Thanks.

  2. Sorry, I think this Sella & Mosca is the only one I've tasted.

    Interesting coincidence: I just bought a couple of bottles of the Sella & Mosca this afternoon. It was on sale for $13.79 minus 15% discount at D&W in Kalamazoo.