In Italy and elsewhere in Europe, wine connoisseurs and industry professionals rate Sella & Mosca among Italy's most outstanding wine estates. Sella & Mosca's I Piani estate in Sardinia constitutes the second largest contiguous vineyard in Italy and counts itself among the country's most impressive wineries. Situated in the northwest corner of Sardinia, just inland from the pretty, historic port of Alghero, this 1,600-acre property with more than 1,200 acres of vines is one of the largest wine estates in Europe.
Sella & Mosca, which celebrated its centennial in 1999, was founded by Messrs. Sella and Mosca, two Piedmontese businessmen revered to this day for their prominent roles in the Risorgimento (Italy's 19th-century unification movement). Today, the property is owned by Campari.
As Sardinia's foremost wine producer, Sella & Mosca is renowned for premium wines made exclusively from estate-grown grapes. In addition to native varieties such as Vermentino and Cannonau, the winery has successfully pioneered the introduction of international grape varieties, notably Cabernet Sauvignon.
Learn More About Grenache
This sun-worshiping grape gets ripe and loves hot, dry weather. Popular in
(called Garnacha), Australia and the southern
Rhone region of France, Grenache
is the primary grape in regions such as
It's often tamed by less fleshy, more structured grapes like
- Grenache is the "G" in GSM blends of Australia. Also, because of its thin
skins and high ripeness level, Grenache is ideal for producing delicious yet
dry rose wines.
High sugars give this grape character and ensure a full-bodied wine, but lower
levels of acid and tannin enhance its candidacy as a blender. Intensive pruning
on older vines gives Grenache enough structure to maintain its balance as a sole
varietal, which is popular - and successful - in California, Australia and sometimes
Spain, but many vintners rely on blending to keep this alcohol-happy grape in
check. Typical flavors of Grenache are jam, spice, dried fruit, earthiness and some
pepper, depending on where it's grown. Old vine Grenache makes an intense and distinct dry wine, and in regions
like Banyuls, a delicious, fortified dessert wine.
Summing it up
Successful Sites: Southern Rhone, Southwest Spain, Australia, California
jammy, alcoholic, spice, black currant, dried red and black fruits, pepper, earth, fleshy
Learn More About Sardinia, Italy
Fairly removed from Italy, both geographically and culturally, Sardinia has more grazing animals than vineyards. An agricultural community, the small island is secluded. With high influences from Spain as much as Italy, the grapes of the region hail from both countries.
The most popular and most planted variety is Cannonau (otherwise known as Grenache). It produces delicious and unique red wines. Carignano (Carignan) and Giro are other red varieties grown here. For whites, Vermentino is the most popular, producing crisp, dry wines with wonderful character. Some wineries, like Sella & Mosca, are also growing international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. These grapes can be bottled as single varietals or blended with local grapes, like Cannonau.
ROBERT HODGES (9/27/2010)
If your looking for a good buy on a reasonably priced red wine, buy this one. The quality is there and is smooth, whether alone or with food.
Robert Elizondo (9/22/2010)
This is one of the more exciting reds I've come across recently. The cannonau is incredibly tasty, full mouth, fruity with nice spice overtures.
Karla Cantu (9/5/2010)
We lived on a Naval base in Sardinia for 3 years and Sella e Mosca was, hands down, our favorite winery in the region.
Mark Ehrman (9/29/2010)
i liked it when i first got it, and have a couple bottles at home in the "cellar." a really nice red from italy, enjoy it with food or on its own. light-medium bodied, and aromatic, not too big on the fruit. easy drinking.
Roy P. (9/23/2010)
I was looking for a regular wine. Something around $15 but still interesting, and with enough heft to stand up to winter dishes. A group of us tried 5 over the course of a dinner and the Cannonau won. Many of the competitors were bland. The Cannonau had a depth and unorthodox richness and complexity that met our needs perfectly and it won the day. I have since bought a case and I recommend it.
mike b. (9/29/2010)
love the color, light to medium body, smooth, plummy and flowery with a hint of spiceness and sweet finish
Alan Eddy (9/26/2010)
I first learned about Cannonau on the Dr Oz Show. They talked about how people who drink this delicious red wine in Sardinia live until the age of 95 to 100. I love its subtle flavors and it is loaded with anti-oxidants that is great for your heart!
Tasted thin, never really developed any true flavor and tannic appeal was gone by day 3