Cannonau – This Mediterranean grape, the same variety as Grenache in France and Garnacha in Spain, was introduced to the island of Sardinia during the middle ages. Easily the most planted variety on the island with vineyards mostly concentrated in the center of the island. It grows best on warm, gravely/pebbly soils that limit its natural productivity. The wines are generally high in alcohol and lower in acidity providing for nice round flavors. The intense scents of dark red berries, plum, and tobacco, are reflected in the taste where notes of chocolate and coffee from oak casks make their appearance.
The Sella & Mosca estate winery is located in northwest Sardinia near the beautiful port town of Alghero. The most interesting thing about this wine is the place it comes from. The island of Sardinia is known as one of the world’s blue zones, meaning that per capita the island has one of the highest percentages of people who live to be over 100 years old. The extended lifespan is attributed to the relaxed island lifestyle and the Cannonau grape which is rich in antioxidants. Cannonau seems to have the highest levels of polyphenols of any wine, antioxidants linked to heart health, protecting from cardiovascular disease. It is also rich in anthocyanins (commonly found in berries), naturally occurring compounds responsible for the red/purple color of red-wine grapes, with antioxidant effects as well.
Do as the locals do, drink Cannonau, LIVE LONGER!
VARIETAL: 100% Cannonau
Aging: Two years in large Slavonian oak barrels with an additional several months in bottle before release. Color: Initially dark, ruby red, during maturation it loses intensity and takes on a warmer tone.
Taste: Medium body, harmonious notes of plum fruit, dried cherries, and spice; aristocratic oak overtone.