Notes from Strade Bianche Wines:
"Mario is a second-generation winemaker, but his family has been growing grapes in Sorso on the island of Sardinia for as long as anyone can remember. He has taken it upon himself to move the winery and vineyard operations in a more natural direction. He feels that he has a responsibility to respect the land his family has called home for so many years. As Mario puts it, “I love making wine because it gives me the opportunity to express myself. For me wine is sharing, but above all it is a beautiful tool to appreciate the diversity, between people, vines and territories.
Sorso is the place where the hills marry the sea on the Northwest side of Sardinia. Sorso is the capital of Romangia, the first territory of Sardinia to be colonized by the ancient Romans, which has always been the hub of agricultural production and trade in Northern Sardinia. The Bagella’s 12.5 acres of vines average 89-90 years old. The soils are predominately chalk and limestone. The hill the vineyard sits on creates a natural amphitheater that captures the ocean breezes, keeping the grapes from over ripening in the hot costal sun.
The Bagella's farm roughly 12.5 acres in Sorso on land that overlooks the sea. Their vines are on average 80-90 years old. The age of the vines provides a complexity to the wines not seen in others from the area. Mario oversaw the recent conversion from conventional farming to organic. Cannonau is better known as Grenache. The origins of the grape are debated, but many believe it originated in Sardinia."
Cannonau di Sardegna DOC
Fermented without the use of commercial yeasts in stainless steel tanks with a maceration period of about 14 days. The shorter maceration period contributes to the more restrained style, not typical of Cannonau. The wine ages in steel tanks for 8-12 months before being bottled without fining or filtration.