2020 Cardedu 'Nùo' Vermentino
Region: Sardegna < Italy
Grape: VermentinoVineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming; granite soils with high levels of quartz; Vermentino ferments in stainless steel for 6 days, with 8 hours on the skins then left to mature in cavernous cement tanks; bottled unfined with <20ppm added So2;12.5% ABV
Sergio Loi is a 4th generation traditional Sardinian producer, whose family winery from the early 900s has always practiced no chemical farming and minimum intervention in the cellar. The Cardedu [car-DAY-do] vineyards are located on the island’s Southeast, where soils are crumbling granite near the coast, a sparsely-populated area that feels lost in time. Cardedu balances on that edge of being told-school but also thoughtful, especially considering today’s warmer climate. In the last few vintages – extremely hot and dry – Cardedu has made lower alcohol wines by picking earlier and careful vineyard management. The result, thankfully, isn’t hipster juice without terroir. Sergio says, it’s just wine that tastes more like the cool vintages he enjoyed in the ’70’s. We love this.
And we LOVE LOVE his Vermentino! You find Vermentino all over Sardegna, but much of it is fat and uninspiring -- it gets hot here. But Sergio's Nùo' is savory, light and super salty, with a ton of wild herb notes on a foundation of chalky stone fruits. Round, with generous fruit, but chiseled, this wine is the ultimate island wine that transports us straight to the Mediterranean. Pair with anything from the sea, nice salty cheeses or fried things.