Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Wine of the Week - Antonella Corda Cannonau

This week we're featuring one of our Italian reds - that just so happens to have gotten some excellent press recently. The Antonella Corda Cannonau di Sardgena was just awarded a Tre Bicchieri from Gambero Rosso, the highest honor they bestow. Additionally, James Suckling awarded the 2016 vintage 92 points, saying: "A beautiful cannonau with dark berries, plums and spice and bark undertones on both the nose and palate. Full to medium body. Tar, asphalt and licorice flavors. Iron, too."

The story of Antonella Corda winery is deeply connected to that of its eponymous founder. She grew up among the vineyards in a family of winegrowers that stretches back over generations. Her mother gave her a love for the land and her father instilled in her a passion for the work of vinification. Antonella became an agronomist, graduating in Agricultural Sciences and Technology at the University of Sassari and founded her own winery in 2010. She took the reins in hand, transforming it into an ambitious and innovative project that honors its past. She has created a boutique winery capable of producing excellent Sardinian wines worthy of representing the region worldwide. A 40-hectare farm with 15 hectares of vineyard, 12 of olive trees, and the rest left open for crop rotation. Antonella Corda believes sustainable cultivation to be the best way for people to coexist with nature, so it can be passed down to the next generation intact. All of this means that organic fertilizers, integrated pest control actions, and sustainable irrigation systems are utilized in the vineyards.

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