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Wines of PugliaInterestingly, there is somewhat of a mirroring effect—an intriguing stylistic affinity—resonating between Sardegna’s red and white portfolios. Cannonau di Sardegna (Grenache/Garnacha), the most prolific and recognized of the reds, shares Vermentino’s proclivity for the heat. Its light coloring belies its oftentimes concentrated character—marked by a plush spiciness—though it is also vinified in more restrained versions. Although Carignano (Carignan) does not possess an innate propensity for delivering a concentrated character, its main DOC zone—Carignano del Sulcis—enables it to realize considerable strength and density. The lightweight of the group—the counterpart of Nuragus—is Monica, a wine that offers bright berry flavors and a high level of acidity.
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Tenute Dettori Romangia Bianco 2016 750ml
Tenute Dettori Romangia Bianco 2016 750ml
Price: $31.99

This is an unabashed, forceful and altogether stunning Vermentino bottling that will make you reconsider everything you thought you knew about the grape. A white with the aromatic intensity of a red, the ’16 Romangia Bianco explodes with scents of honeyed figs, dried apricots, smoky minerals, pressed herbs, and potpourri. While bone dry, this slightly amber-colored white gives the impression of salted caramel and dried fruits on its surprisingly textured, tannic palate. Concentrated yet precise, this mesmerizing Vermentino balances its elements with aplomb and finishes in a lingering, satisfying crescendo. Organically grown Vermentino grapes deriving from a single 7-acre stone and limestone vineyard ferment on the skins with only natural yeasts for about a week; the wine ages for about two years in cement tanks before bottling, unfiltered and unfined.
Tenute Dettori Romangia Cannonau Tenores 2013 750ml
Tenute Dettori Romangia Cannonau Tenores 2013 750ml
Price: $54.99

The beautifully garnet ’13 Cannonau Tenores bursts with brambly berries and juicy cherries that layer with Mediterranean scrub, warm saddle leather, pressed wild herbs, cigar wrapper, baking spices and blood orange zest. This thrilling, complex wine seamlessly weaves together its sweet fruits, bright acidity, chewy tannins, sauvage elements and full-throttle power to create an elegant, compelling drink. Big as this wine is, this Cannonau holds its focus; drinkable now, it’ll age wonderfully for years, even decades. Organically grown Cannonau grapes from 80-year-old vines in the estate’s seven-acre stony, calcium-rich Tenores vineyard ferment on the skins with only natural yeasts for about ten days; the wine ages for about five years in cement tanks before bottling, unfiltered and unfined.