2013 Giuseppe Gabbas Dule Cannonau di Sardegna
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Tasting note Giuseppe Gabbas Dule Cannonau di Sardegna
Bright red of fragrance, aromatic of scent with herbs, ripe red fruit and a slight touch of spices and oak. The taste turns smoothly and round and develops fragrant and with a balanced, soft aftertaste.
With an annual production of only 70,000 bottles from twenty hectares of vineyard, the retired lawyer Giuseppe Gabbas is a small Sardinian producer. The Italian wine guide Gambero Rosso nevertheless calls him 'un grande viticoltore' that belongs to the best cannonae makers on the island. In particular, the refinement and drinkability are mentioned.
Giuseppes wine estate is located just south of Nuoro, the capital of the beautiful mountain area of Barbagia, and benefits from the coolness of the sea breeze and the mountain winds in the mountains. Partly because of this, the grapes ripen long and evenly, so that the tannins in the skin perfectly ripen and taste smooth. Gabbas does not make dark colored blockbusters, but elegant wines with refinement.
This Dule riserva comes from forty-year-old, naturally processed vineyards. Here the yield is kept low, partly due to a 'green harvest' in August. Giuseppe then cuts away part of the grapes, making the grapes that linger better ripen. After the harvest and traditional fermentation, a maturation of twelve months follows in small barrels of French oak.
This is a great, Mediterranean wine that will appeal to lovers of fine châteauneuf-du-pape for example! The cannonau is the same grape as the French grenache. Drink the wine with a wide range of dishes - such as pork, beef, poultry or game birds - or as an impressive 'evening wine'.
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