With a mere two hectares of vines and a radically artisanal approach to his craft, Giovanni Montisci has established himself as one of Mamoiada’s foremost ambassadors. Unsatisfied in his job as a mechanic, he turned his full attention to cultivating tiny vineyard plots inherited from his wife’s family, ultimately bottling his first wine from the 2004 vintage. He has since earned a cult-like following for his powerful and distinctive Cannonaus from organically farmed old vines grown up to 650 meters elevation. The chilly nights here allow for slow and steady ripening, preserving precious acidity and favoring rich, complex wines perfumed of wild fruit, flowers, Mediterranean herbs, and spices—a truly compelling translation of this extreme terroir, which shines alongside the hearty local cuisine of Sardegna’s mountains.
“Barrosu”, his flagship Cannonau, perfectly embodies the rugged beauty of these mountainous highlands. Kermit Lynch.
The team here shared a bottle recently as part of a wider Grenache tasting and were all very impressed by the wine’s personality and flavour. It held its own surprisingly well against the other more well-known wines of the flight. Remarkably light in colour, exquisitely fragrant with a plethora of diverse herbal and savoury spice aromas. Mountains of cracked pepper impeccably balanced with sweet red fruits that carry the wines overall freshness. Cannonau in some cases can feel weighty and drawn out, but here not so, with this medium-bodied wine bouncing around in the glass, revelling in all its complexities. Very enjoyable now, but will be exciting to see how it develops. – Will Lennox, FWC