Sella & Mosca 2004 Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva, DOC, Sardegna
Located in the northwesteren part of the island, Sella & Mosca has become Sardinia’s signature winery. Its vast acres of vineyards have made it and Argiolas the names most synonymous with wine from this ancient culture.
Cannonau is Garnacha…but nothing like its Spanish ancestor. It is potent, leathery, earthy and infused with the “macchia” that grows wild in the rocky, untraveled interior. Mouth filling flavors of dark forest berries ride along on mild waves of tobacco and dry herbs. There is a tannic structure that provides a solid foundation without sacrificing the primal, rustic nature of the wine.
The best Sardinian wines are simple, direct, authentic – and this fits the description. Have it with lamb or pork. Even better, with one of the unusual pastas found only in Sardinia accompanied by a local pecorino. Or orzo tossed with fresh herbs and drizzled with olive oil.