Winery of the Month – MAR 2016
Sella and Mosca
When most people think of fine Italian Wine Sardinia does not jump to the tip of the tongue. Well, Sella and Mosca are aiming to change this. With the blend of indigenous grape varieties and a few international ones thrown in they are starting to garner a reputation that extends beyond Sardinia all the way to America.
Sella and Mosca makes its home on the northwest corner just inland from the city Alghero. The winery was founded in 1899 by two men from the Piedmont region of Italy. Today the winery is at the front and center of everything wine in Sardinia. The property itself is beautiful and contains more than 1200 acres of vines. This makes it one of the largest wine estates in Europe, and all the wines are estate grown. The winery boasts a mix of wines that include both native varieties Vermentino, Torbata, and Cannonau, but has also had remarkable success with international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon.
Terre Bianche Torbata di Alghero DOC
Terre Bianche gets its name from the white chalk soils that are prevalent in the vineyard. Torbata makes a wine full of citrus and stone fruit flavors. Behind the fruit lies some flint and white floral flavors. Clean and peppy with plenty of acidity. Great with seafood.
Cannonau di Sardegna
If there are any fans of a particular doctor with a daytime TV show, this is a wine that he said will make you live forever. Seriously the average life expectancy on Sardinia is quite long and maybe it is the wine, sorry I digress. Cannonau makes wine with plenty of red berries and touches of coffee and dark chocolate.
This wine is a blend between a native grape, Cannonau, and an international one, Cabernet Sauvignon. Vibrant dark cherry flavors abound backed up with minty herbs. Vanilla and baking spice show off the three years of oak aging that the wine sees. It is a harmonious blend with nice acidity and a soft tannic structure.
Marchese di Villamarina
Here we come to the big boy of the group. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and only produced in the top vintages. The wine rests in small French oak casks for 18 months than moves to large Slovenian oak casks for 12 months. This Cab shows its heritage with some distinct Mediterranean herb flavor to go along with the dark cherry and cassis.
Wine Dinner March 16
We will be doing a lite wine dinner with a representative from the winery on March 16th at 6:30. All of the wines above will be presented along with four lite courses to pair with the wine. The cost is $20 dollars so give us a call and reserve your spot today.