Made from the indigenous Cagnulari, this robust red needs to be on your radar. Produced by the wine house Sella & Mosca, which is a property of the immense Campari Gruppo, this wine is readily available, affordable and interesting version of a grape that is grown under a few dozen aliases internationally (search Wikipedia for Cagnulari). With a strong nose that is woody and pork fat, fruity and herbal you won’t be calling this familiar. On the taste you have strong fruit, spice, some barrel and that seems more Rioja than Sardegna. Soft to medium tannin and a ¾ on the dryness scale. I might get a couple of these bottles and let them age, as this grape is known to perform well with cellaring.
If you like what Spain’s Rioja region has to offer, you might look to Sardegna for an Italian accent on a great wine. This wine would go great with carpaccios and tartares.
Musical Match: Melissa McClelland gets dry, beautiful and hypnotic with her song Passenger Twenty-Four – who sounds like a character that goes by a handful of aliases. I think that this song will age pretty well, as well. Cheers.
Leave a comment and me know what wine you would match with this music.
Part 4/5 in the 2010 BottleDJ Fall Classic Focus on Southern Italy.