Staff Selections • David Mahoney
SELLA & MOSCA CANNONAU DI SARDEGNA RISERVA
The French say Grenache, the Spanish say Garnacha. But Sardinians say Cannonau, and their island’s lesser-known version of this deservedly popular wine grape variety may be the wellspring from which it spread through the Mediterranean region and beyond. Regardless, though, of whether the grape originated on the island or on the Spanish mainland—researchers are still debating the question—it’s indisputable that Sardinians have been enjoying the soul-satisfying red wine they make from Cannonau for many centuries. And they may live longer as a result: Minneapolis’s own Dan Buettner, of Blue Zones fame, has identified Sardinians’ moderate but steady consumption of Cannonau wine (which is unusually high in antioxidants) as one of the secrets to their remarkable longevity.
The excellent Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva from Sella & Mosca, Sardinia’s leading wine producer, is made from grapes grown on their vast I Piani estate in the northwest corner of the island. Give it a minute or two to allow the still-bright acidity to mellow a bit, and then savor the delicious dark fruit flavors of blueberries and plums topped off with a hint of spice. This wine really shines when paired with food—try it with a rosemary and garlic pork tenderloin.