Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2012

Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2012

Cannonau is Sardinia’s most famous red variety, though it is more commonly known as Grenache in France and in New World wine producing countries.
A beautifully accessible and abundantly fruity red wine from the seductive island of Sardinia, the Cannonau grape, more commonly known as Grenache, produces the finest and most flavoursome wines from this sun-baked region. Plush, plump, fleshiness on the palate it has a purity of dark and dried fruit flavours that makes it exceedingly drinkable. This is a real crowd-pleaser and provides a perfect backdrop to Italian cuisine like meatballs or pizza..
Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva DOC
Sella & Mosca
Drink now + 4 years

Robert Parker

"The 2006 Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva is a fabulous wine for the money. This isn’t the most complex Cannonau readers will come across, but it nevertheless impresses for its persistence, purity of fruit and wonderful balance. Dried cherries, crushed flowers and spices linger on the ethereal finish. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2013." 89/100

Sardinia region of Italy

This Italian Mediterranean island has wonderful conditions for making beautiful wines, but hasn’t quite joined the modern international winemaking stage, yet. It has plenty going for it though, not least some ancient bush vines of interesting local varieties. However, much of its grape influence today has come from Spain as Sardinia used to be controlled by Aragon.

The island is home to one of only a handful of DOCG white wines in Italy; Vermentino di Gallura at its best has a delicate, floral character and is a great partner to all manner of seafood dishes. The success of this wine comes in the marriage between the grape Vermentino and the north eastern region of Gallura, as the Vermentino enjoys Gallura’s warm temperatures and sea breezes.

The island’s most notable red comes in the form of the grape Cannonau (the native version of Garnacha) and this can make sweet or dry red wines. This can be produced anywhere on the island to use the name Cannonau di Sardegna, just as Vermentino can be grown anywhere to be called Vermentino di Sardegna.

As we mentioned earlier, in the south of the island, old bush vines of Carignano thrive and are responsible for DOC Carignano del Sulcis, the south western region that has been tipped by many as one of the best spots in the world for Carignano vines.
Other grapes varieties of note are Nebbiolo for the reds and Moscato and Torbato for the whites.


Also known in Spain as Garnacha this red grape is widely planted around Southern France and Northern Spain. It is used to produce medium-bodied, fruity reds for young drinking and full and concentrated wines that have great ageing potential.

Formerly this varietal was not seen as being particularly good for making quality red wine however in recent years a number of winemakers have gone back to more traditional methods of winemaking to produce wines from low-yielding vines. This concentrates and increases the quality of the resultant juice making wines that are full and robust, with lots of tannins and structure capable of being aged in oak and bottle for a long number of years. Most notably the region of Priorato, in Catalonia inland from Barcelona, Grenache is producing some of the world’s most widely acclaimed and expensive wines to be made from this variety.

Salads & Vegetables
This wine would work well with a Thai style beef salad or a shredded duck equivalent. It suits most barbecued and grilled meats so a Mexican dish would work well.
Fish & Seafood 
This wine is generally too heavy for fish and seafood.
Pasta & Other Sauces
Rich creamy sauces, such as cheesy carbonara, work well with this wine.
Casseroled game such as pheasant and venison work well with this wine but it is also perfectly suited to duck, beef, lamb and boar!
Herbs & Spices 
The strong flavours of black pepper, garlic and chives make an excellent match for this wine. It would also stand up well against mint, rosemary and thyme.
Spicy Foods 
Oaky wines can be tricky to pair but we think paprika flavoured foods would work well with this wine.
This wine works well with Brie, Camembert, Edam, Red Leicester and Chaume cheeses.
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