2012 Barrosu, Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva, Giovanni Montisci

2012 Barrosu, Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva, Giovanni Montisci

Product: 20121299887
2012 Barrosu, Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva, Giovanni Montisci

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Of Giovanni's two sumptuous Cannonau wines, this is more accessible, born of a higher, 'cooler' (relative to Sardinia!), younger, more humid and hence more fertile vineyard called 'Elisi'. It sits on the side of a hill, well ventilated, has a great view and is notably more clay-rich granitic, hence giving a fruitier wine. Such was the vintage, with a cool spring and hot summer that the wine sports a super-ripe, yet fresh loganberry fruit nose; it's so enchantingly, violet fragrant - a hallmark of Cannonau (from Mamoiada) - with crunchy, 'essence', suave, sotto-bosco (wild blackberry) compote flavours,similar in profile to Chateauneuf du Pape, with which it shares Cannonau/Grenache. Only 3,500 bottles made.
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Giovanni Montisci, Sardinia

Giovanni Montisci, Sardinia

At the heart of Sardinia near the village of Mamoiada, 80 kms from the sea, lies the diminutive 2.5ha estate belonging to local boy Giovanni Montisci and family. Giovanni is a mechanic by trade, turning his hand to the vine on marrying Franzisca during the 1990s. It was only in 2004 that Giovanni started bottling, with production now at approximately 6000 bottles/anno.

‘Barrosu’ means ‘standing out’ in dialect Mamoiada is home to the Montisci family and to the Cannonau (Grenache/Garnaccia) vine, that thrives unaided and unirrigated on the red clay and granitic soils, giving sensual, perfumed wines. Vinification is traditional, by hand, in open fermenters followed by ageing in large slavonian oak botte and used French tonneaux (500litre).

Two Cannonau di Sardegna wines are produced; ‘Riserva’ from 50 year old vines and ‘Riserva Franzisca’ from 80 plus year old vines. These are wonderfully pure, rich and authentic wines, that wear their prodigious alcohol lightly.
 
 

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Sardinia

Sardinia

Recommended Producers: Enrico Esu, Giovanni Montisci

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There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

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