Grape(s): 100% Cannonau
Localization: Sardinia, Italy
Tasting Notes: Intense ruby red colour with violet hints, very clear. Very intense, fresh and immediate aroma with notes of ripe red fruits and vegetables. Dry and smooth to the palate, good structure and nose-palate persistence.
Notes: After a soft pressing, the grapes are left to macerate with the addition of selected yeasts for about 6/7 days. After the maceration, the fermentation continues at a controlled temperature. At the end of the fermentation, the refinement continues in cement and stainless steel tanks for about six months, afterwards it is bottled and refined for 2/3 months before being put on the market.
Food pairing: It pairs perfectly with grilled meats, cheeses, or on its own, anytime over the next 3-4 years.
The Domain: The Pala family's estate winery and vineyards are in southeast Sardinia, between 11 meters and 250 meters high, in the hills above the Gulf of Cagliari. They've been making wine since the 1950s. However, at that time, their focus was on bulk wine until Mario Pala recognized the potential of their unique and excellent soils and climate and the value in their old vines, some over 125 years of age.
To this end, Mario lowered yields and focused on vinifying his different parcels separately. That helped to retain the uniqueness of each of his sites. He instituted organic practices and used state-of-the-art winemaking equipment. All this helped propel him to international acclaim. His wines regularly win top awards and earn high-level ratings.