Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2006

I had this wine a few days ago, and my memory isn’t as sharp as I would like, but I loved this wine and I can’t let it go without blogging.  Cannonau is the name for Grenache in Sardinia.  This wine is very much in the old world style.
 It is moderate in alcohol (13.5%), medium bodied and medium coloured.  It bears no resemblance at all to the jammy style of Australian Grenache based wines.  The nose is reserved, but interesting, and I found it beautifully balanced on the palate, with good length and a distinct aftertaste of chocolate.  Kelly found it to be too astringent the first time she tried it, but she had been drinking something sweeter just before.  I mention it by way of saying that this is not a lush wine.  I am not as familiar with Grenache based Châteauneuf-du-Pape as I would like to be, but I found it more elegant and much more interesting than impressive that the Gigondas I have had at a similar price.  I wouldn’t have been disappointed to have paid $40+ for this wine – in fact, it reminds me quite a lot of the Bocca di Lupo.  There is not much left in the province.  If you like an old world style, give it a try and let us know if you like it as much as I do.  But be warned – if you like a lush, ‘big’ new world style, this wine is not for you.

Score: 91+
Value: 5/5
Grape: Grenache
UPC 8006725100256

PS - I gave it a 91+ because I'm having a hard time dealing with score inflation / compression.  Jamie Goode has a very interesting post on the subject.


  1. gees, I thought this was an 83 pt wine back on a post in October. I really find individual tastes an neat part of the wine discussion, to say nothing of food or environment aspect. Love to read the post.

  2. Yes, that's why getting different opinions is so important. We all have different tastes, so 10 opinions from 10 different people is more useful than one opinion for an expert. So, please, if you have tried any of these wines, let us know what you think! There is no wrong answer.

  3. I say we start using the "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" scoring system :-D
    I am still trying to discover "my style". I am not a fan of astringent wines and thats what I associate the grenache albiet Aussie grenache with. I really need to get back ON the wagon. Not drinking nearly enough wines..or should I say good wines.

  4. How can this wine be $15 at the SAQ ??

  5. When I Googled it I did find that was very inexpensive in UK as well. My impression is that ANBL prices are quite good for the more expensive wines, but there seems to be a bigger markup on the less expensive wines.