WINE OF THE MONTH
Each month we feature a wine by an exceptional producer who we feel is doing
extraordinary work in the world of viniculture.
This month we would like to introduce:
CANNONAU DI SARDEGNA DOC 2017
A winery born out of a friendship in Sardinia.
When Stefano Casadei, Artemio Olianas and Simone Mugnaini met, they breathed life into Olianas. Located in Gergei, in the heart of Sarcidano, just north of Cagliari, these three friend have created the bio-integral winery, Tenuta Olianas, producing outstanding wines while maintaining the utmost respect for the land and vines.
Rubber tired vehicles or tractors are rarely ever used in the vineyards, as it causes the soil to become too compacted. Rather, they rely on their horse drawn wagons and farm animals for tiling the land.
Herbicides, chemical fertilizers and synthetic products for the pest management of the plant are prohibited. This ancient method allows the roots to reach the deeper layers of the soil increasing the longevity of the plants. The grape harvest is done 100% by hand.
Winemaker Notes: Marked notes of small wood berries mix wisely with hints of dark chocolate and tobacco. Silky tannins and a good concentration, well balanced by a pleasant acidity, can be felt on the palate.
This young, fresh, round and lively wine is ideal with appetizers and first courses. Varietals: 95% Cannonau (Grenache), 5% Tintillu
Appellation: Cannonau di Sardegna DOC Fermented in Steel vats and aged for 8 months in second and third use French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: This wine opens with small berries and hints of dark chocolate and tobacco. The palate shows silky tannins and good concentration with well balanced acidity and a round, full finish.
Pairs With: Our Sardinain pasta Fazzoletti Sardi, our house-made salumi, or cheese plate. A beautiful glass to begin your meal with.
PHOTO CREDIT: TOM GRALISH/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER/PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER