- Reply by gregt, Jun 6, 2010.
You're looking for a winery that sells it?
Cannonau is garnacha. Don't know where you live but if it's in the US, I'd imagine that pretty much any store in the US that sells wine would have some.
If it's a winery you want, I think the grape is only called cannonau in Sardinia so I guess you'd have to look there. If you accept it by its more common names, you can find it all over southern Europe, as well as Australia and CA.
- Reply by dynowine, Jun 11, 2010.
Argiolas is generally quite good, in fact I have one or two bottles in the wine locker at this time, and the price is good, around USD 12. Cannonau is grenache, and wikipedia speculates Sardinia may be the original home of grenache.
Argiolas Costera 2007
The 2006 Costera Isola dei Nuraghi (100% Cannonau) is another knock-out effort from Argiolas. It reveals masses of super-ripe fruit bacon fat and licorice flavors. Today the fruit remains enshrouded in a wall of tannins so a year or two of further bottle age is called for, but this is a magnificent wine especially at this level. Cannonau is believed to be a descendant of Grenache and this wine will especially appeal to readers who enjoy the flavor profile of wines from the Southern Rhone. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2014.
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- Reply by gregt, Jun 11, 2010.
"wikipedia speculates Sardinia may be the original home of grenache."
Yeah that comes up from time to time. It's possible but pretty unlikely though. It's generally considered to be from Aragon and thought to have been brought to other countries from there. There were some Sardinian archaeologists who published a piece a few years ago, having found some ancient seeds and pots and they speculated that the seeds were garnacha and that Sardinia was therefore its home, but that's a minority view for the most part.
- Reply by zufrieden, Jun 11, 2010.
The question of origin is always an interesting one - often carrying a certain chauvinistic agenda tied to establishing a cache for local produce. But just for the record, I think it much more likely that the Grenache/Garnacha/Cannonau grape originated in Aragon - as Greg suggests - for the simple reason that Sardegna was subject to that Spanish state for over 430 years. Subject peoples usually succumb to the needs tastes and predilections of the ruler; the reverse case is less common.
As for the merits of this somewhat rustic, sweetish grape? I like fine Priorat and select Grenache-based blends of Chateauneuf-de-Pape, but cannot admit to any special fondness for this heavily cultivated little berry. But to each his/her own - especially since fine examples of wine from Grenache certainly do exist.