Mario Bagella is a second generation winemaker. Mario's family has been growing grapes on Sardina for over 75 years. His father was the first to start bottling wines from the family property in the early 80's. Their winery and vineyards are in the town of Sorso, in close proximity to the ocean. Sorso also means sip in Italian, so Mario decided to have some fun with the naming of this wine. His wines are good from the first sip to the last.
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.
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.
Vinification: Temperature controlled fermentation with native yeasts in stainless still tanks, 10 days of maceration with the skins
Aging: 6 months on the lees
Tasting Notes: Very mineral and deep aroma with mature red berries notes, Mediterranean spices and herbs as mastic, myrtle and artemisia. Complex flavor with good anthocyanin and polyphenolic charge. Warm, vertical and savory, with a strong appeal to the red ripe fruits. It’s a wine with a good persistence in the mouth that gives a warm and sweet aftertaste of cherries in brandy.
HARVEST:Harvested by Hand
WINEMAKING:Spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel
AGING:8-12 months in stainless steel