Cardedu Caladu Cannonau di Sardegna 2016
From the winery:
WHY: Traditional Sardinian producer with large cavernous cement tanks under house; old vine Cannonau (avg. 50 yr. old). Decomposed granitic soils gives wines acidic zing. Practicing organic.
WHO: Sergio Loi.
WHERE: 42 hectares around Cardedu, and 20 around San Vito for Vermentino.
WHAT GRAPES: Cannonau, Vermentino, Monica, Nasco, Muristellu.
WHAT WINES ARE LIKE: Decomposed granite soils give a freshness to the wines. Native grapes like they should be: Sergio is obsessive with bottling only the 100% of variety on label. Sadly, lots of Vermentino have Sauvignon Blanc: lots of Cannonau, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Cardedu’s vineyards [car-DAY-do] are on the island of Sardegna, in its most mountainous and sparsely populated southeast. The local Cannonau grape is fermented with native yeasts in cavernous cement tanks under the house and dry farmed without pesticides or herbicides. A spicy and smokey grape variety, Cadedu’s old vines (avg. 50 years old) give an uncommon depth to the fruit. Decomposed granite soils keep the wines fresh. All things grilled.