Giovanni Montisci - Barrosu Riserva Franzisca DOC Sardegna 2013
Deservedly dedicated to his wife Franzisca, whose family own the land, Giovanni's top, most prodigious wine stems from 80-year-old, free-standing Alberello Cannonau vines, lying close to their village of Mamoiada in the heart of the island. And as with all great (Italian) wines, it combines power with immense finezza – truly a Ferrari among wines. Compared to the straight Riserva, Franzisca has a brooding, darker, forest-floor-like profundity that must come from the age of the vines, whose roots have tapped into the very core of the island.There's still that beautiful, hedonistic Cannonau (Grenache) fragrance and suave texture, along with being deliciously fresh and agile at the same time; with no hint of the 15.5% alcohol. A cross between Priorat and Barossa perhaps? Stupendo!