The vineyards of Cardedu (car-DAY-do) are in the area of Ogliastra, the most mountainous and least populous province on the island; a land of turquoise shimmer and ragged-dry cliffs. Here on the southeast coast of Sardegna the Loi family grows and makes wines from the native varieties Vermentino, Cannonau, and Monica. Cardedu is one of the islands better known (in Sardegna, at least) traditional producers. The Loi family doesn’t think of itself as a natural wine producer; they are not in that hipster 'giro'/circle. Yet, all wines are fermented with native yeasts in temperature controlled tanks (if needed), and there’s dry farming without use of herbicides or pesticides.
Dry, gently tannic and rustic with undeniably earthy notes. Brambly wild blackberry and dark cherry fruit backed with a barnyardy funk and subtle pipe tobacco finish. Best drunk lightly chilled as an aperitivo or with lighter meals of seafood, vegetables, or poultry.