2017 Sella & Mosca Cannonau Di Sardegna Riserva
2017 Sella & Mosca Cannonau Di Sardegna Riserva An elegant wine with black and red berry aromas accented by herbal and earthy notes. Lively acidity is balanced by ripe tannins. Aged two years in large Slavonian oak barrels with an additional several months in bottle.
92 James Suckling: Very pretty, pure blackberry and hints of brambleberry on the nose. It’s full-bodied with round, creamy tannins and a delicious finish with light tar, smoke and some wet earth. Drink or hold.
Selle & Mosca
Antonio Marras was born in Alghero, Sardinia, a land that left its mark on his stylistic cipher, with a double soul: the cultural one – the designer has always been interested in every form of artistic-creative expression – and the more “technical” one, based on in-depth knowledge of materials and shapes.
Some key elements of his style are his focus on artisanship, Sardinia as a genuine source of inspiration – that is never merely folkloristic – and the “ligazzio rubio” (in Sardinian, the red string), which becomes the trademark of his style, a genuine “fil rouge”.
Sella & Mosca invited Antonio Marras to design the labels of four new wines made from the winery’s most representative varietals.
The designer not only created the illustrations for the four wines, but wove a powerful story around them, a story of genuine bonds, values and the land, evoking the magical atmosphere of Saint John’s eve to begin the tale of his protagonists.
Red wine has been prevalent since prehistory (the period before written records) as winemaking originated and spread throughout the world. In this case, “red blend” refers to any red wine that contains more than one red grape variety in the final product, though certain red blends can have their own designation as varietal wines despite comprising multiple grapes.
For much of the history of European wine, red blends were in fact more common than single varietals, as winemaking was typically region-centric and featured grapes consolidated from vineyards across a given area. One famous example of this practice is the Bordeaux blend, which originated in the 18th or 19th century and usually comprises Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
Though prominent red blends such as Bordeaux still remain popular, many red blends have been associated with lower quality due to the assumption that the term indicates cheaper table wines. However, many high-quality wine producers still elect to produce red blends, and these wines can in fact offer many unique and delicious flavors due to the winery’s ability to custom design the profile of their product.