Learn to navigate the most complicated country in the wonderful world of wine. Once a month you receive four hand selected small batch production bottles of Italian wine. We share with you the stories of the people and terroir behind each one, the grape variety that makes the wine, and the regions of Italy that bring the whole story together. While normally one would say “crack ’em open!” at Bergamot Wine Co. we encourage you to take an extra moment to pause, dig in to the Tasting Notes for each month’s collection, and start expanding your wine knowledge one bottle, one winemaker, and one grape at a time.
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APRIL: SARDEGNA a la Española
Sardinia is as Mediterranean as it gets, smack dab in the middle of the sea with Iberia to the West, Corsica just 10 miles North, the whole boot in the East, and Sicily a skip to the South. And it’s been a trading hub since ancient Phoenicia, with relics all over the island like 4,000 year old stone hut ruins where grapes were crushed, so yeah, wine and Sardinia go way back. As the second largest island in the Med and a hotbed of agriculture and trade, Sardinia is a cultural melting pot with a pretty notable 400 years of Spanish reign from 1323-1720. Most of Sardinia’s native grape varieties, (and there are a lot!) are not truly sprung-from-the-soil indigenous, but Spanish cultivars brought centuries ago and adapted to the island’s hot and dry sun-soaked climate to become Sardinian staples.
The island is a cornucopia of the Mediterranean diet; a smorgasbord of seafood of course (sardines, anyone?) lamb, olives, semolina, artichokes, and wine wine wine. Small family farms with wee vineyards often share in co-op wineries to make their own little production, making co-op bottlings the main wine to come off the island, affordable and delicious. In the last few decades though, more and more small producers have built their own wineries and ignited interest in world-class vino Sardo.
-Kevin Wardell, Wine Protagonist
WINE NO. 1
Cantine Chessa / Cagnulari / Usini, Isola dei Nuraghi, Sardinia, Italy 2018 / $25
Jubilantly fragrant violets and super bombastic black raspberry, this inky red plays tricks like it’s a black moscato with all of its abounding flower petals, talc and bergamot. So much opulent acid and texture, this is a big-bodied beauty with fruit for days.
WINE NO. 2
Fattoria Cuscusa “Crobia” / Cannonau / Oristano, Sardinia, Italy 2018 / $25
Beautiful right from the first sniff, structured and supple with all the warm fruit characteristics grenache can give: wild strawberry fruit leather and red currants with a hint of fennel seed finocchio salumi. That’s not quite ganache in this grenache, but there is a little kiss of rich milk chocolate.
WINE NO. 3
Capichera “Liànti” / Carignano / Gallura, Sardinia, Italy 2018 / $30
The Gallura granite here gives this Carignan its exotic Mediterranean mineral sheen, with an alluring red fruit and black plum crispness dusted with a skosh of cocoa powder. For having its roots in a dry arid plateau, there is an intriguing seaspray coastal forest floor character that is as mesmerizing as it is quenching.
WINE NO 4.
Cardedu “Praja” / Monica / Ogliastra, Sardinia, Italy 2018 / $20
A splashy watercolor of Sardinia’s Mediterranean delights: sun-baked brick and North African spice bazaar, blood orange sangria, and dried fruits (minus the raisins and prunes.) Finishing with a fresh leather and olive brine, the tannins hold on to your pallet more like a paprika spice than a harsh red. Drink it with frutti di mare, sheep cheese, or if you can, the couscous-esque Sardinian fregula pasta.