December 7, 2017
A Note from Sergio
Rocky, windy, sun-drenched, and dry, the island of Sardegna is a distinctive place. Perhaps nothing illustrates the uniqueness of Sardegna as much as its indigenous Cannonau grape. Once thought to be a clone of Spain's Ganarcha, the most recent DNA testing has suggested that Cannonau is its own entity--and it might just be the oldest grape varietal in the world. Even more, Cannonau isn't merely a very old grape, but it's also one of the healthiest for you, owing to its high levels of polyphenols that are natural antioxidants. And, for what it's worth, a well-wrought Cannonau is a beautiful wine.Today's Featured Sections Include:
Cannonau reigns supreme in Sardegna, and that's because places like Sardegna have retained their individuality, especially when it's fiercely tended. One of these fierce shepherds of Sardinian tradition is Tenute Dettori, an 80-acre estate sitting in Romangia, a place of incredible, unspoiled beauty and insane white-chalk soil that gleams like cream in the sun. Owner-winemaker Alessandro Dettori devotes himself to Sardegna's grapes, Sardegna's lands, and Sardegna's traditions, growing only indigenous varietals, doing it organically, and using only ancient protocol. Alessandro's wines bristle with life--from my very first sip, they blew me away!
Today's offer has two Tenute Dettori wines. There's a Vermentino that is so radically different, it'll teach you new things about the grape. You'd never think a Vermentino could be this complex and this alive. The other is, of course, a Cannonau, but unlike all the other Cannonau's you've drunk, this one is a cru, and it's outrageous. You'll smell, see, and taste Sardegna in every glass of these Dettori wines, and their maker wouldn't have it any other way!
Finally, don't miss Giacosa's outstanding $27 Dolcetto or Terriccio's 2008 flagship Super Tuscan--they'll make you (and your friends) very, very happy!
1. Spotlight on Excellence: The Wild, Wonderful, Amazing Wines of Sardegna's Tenute Dettori
2. Only At IWM: Delicious Under-the-Radar Super Tuscan from Terriccio
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Giacosa's Way With Dolcetto, the "Little Sweet One"
4. Wine Events: Upcoming December Wine Tasting Events