CANNONAU DI SARDEGNA “NORAS” DOC:
90% Cannonau and 10% Carignano. The wine
is placed in second-use barriques for six
months. The wine then spends six months
in bottle. Intense ruby-red color tending
towards garnet. Mediterranean aromas on
the complex nose, along with notes of ripe
blackberry, blueberry, sweet spice, tobacco,
and chocolate. A warm, velvety palate with
unusually intense yet soft tannins.
Cantina Santadi was founded in 1960 and was based on
a partnership of fine local growers. From the beginning,
Santadi set severe quality standards and began
establishing a reputation for making phenomenal wines
from native varietals.
In 1976, the Santadi partners elected Antonello Pilloni
as their President. Pilloni succeeded in bringing Santadi
to international prominence and remains at the helm
In the early 1980s, PIlloni called on Giacomo Tachis to
consult for Santadi. The creator of Sassicaia, Tachis
would become known as “the man behind Italian wine’s
worldwide Renaissance,” and a true living legend.
In the 1990’s, Santadi made major investments,
expanding the winery and the purchasing of state-ofthe-art equipment. The winery would later be expanded
again in the 2000’s to make room for additional
production and a new barrique cellar.
Santadi vineyards cover an impressive 1,235 acres (500
hectares) of prime, gently rolling terrain reaching right
out to the sea, all within an 18-mile radius from the
winery so that fruit can be conveyed in minimal time.
The soil is unique, its sandy nature conducive to the
survival of pre-Phylloxera rootstock. In the words of
Raffaele Cani: “The parasite does attack the roots,
producing small holes in them. These cavities, however,
are immediately filled up by grains of sand that heal the
wounds, as it were, allowing the plant to thrive in spite