We're saying adiós, a biatu and a si bìri to summer heat with a selection of some of our favorite Island Wines from the Canary Islands, Sicily, and Sardinia. We'd like to believe that this crazy thing called terroir that you hear all those wine people going on about is the most fun when its island terroir because that's when you can taste things like rocks and sea shore and all those other descriptive terms that are also appropriate for island flora and fauna, and they really are just that cool. Friday is looking like a pitch-perfect mid 70 degree day, so get your Island wines on with us from 5-7.
100% Vermentino that is grown in the Colli del Limbara (surrounding the highest peak of Gallura at 1326 meters) in a northeast-exposed vineyard at 550 meters. Cinzia and Eugenio describe this wine as “later harvested,” giving 10% of the mass contact with the skins for 14 days to impart a touch of color. This bianco sees two months in used barrique before transitioning to stainless steel vats until bottling in June/July. Look for a fuller body with notes of ripe apricot, yellow apple, acacia, and thyme with a saline/mineral finish. Very low in sulfur.
Frank Cornelissen.Susucaru Rosato
- This rosé is produced with the same philosophy and vinification techniques as all Cornelissen wines: full skin-contact for texture and territorial identity, malolactic fermentation fully finished and no SO2 added. Not only a refreshing summer wine from a blend of Malvasia, Moscadella, Insolia and Nerello Mascalese, as this is a “rose” which can also be regarded as a light red, like a “Jura” wine, pairing well with a wide variety of dishes.
Los Bermejos Listan Negro
100% Listán Negro aged 5 months in French oak from the Allier forest. The more structured and concentrated sibling of the more fruit-forward, easy-going Maceracion Carbonica Listán Negro cuvée. From the volcanic island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.
Cantina Lilliu Dicciosu
One of the most impressive Cannonau's (or Grenache for that matter) that you will find. Pietro Lilliu attributes the success of this wine to the health and perfect balance present in his vineyard.
The formula is simple: natural fermentation followed by stainless steel aging.
The wine tastes of fresh red fruits, chocolate and has herbal notes. Great balance and depth while still remaining lean. This is not the overbearing Cannonau that is so often found from over-oaking.