Sella & Mosca – A Perfect Pairing of Great Sardinian Food and Wine – James Melendez


It is a great pairing of having Sella & Mosca wines at San Francisco’s only Sardinian restaurant-La Ciccia in Noe Valley.  Giovanni Pinna, Sella & Mosca winemakers talked about each wine he has made, Sardinian wines and the legacy that Sella & Mosca has contributed to the winemaking tradition of Sardinia.  Sella & Mosca also has a very important nursery of grape vines such as Torbato.  I am intrigued about this and hope to see and photograph it in the future.

Sella & Mosca winemaker Giovanni Pinna talks about each wine presented







Here are the lovely wines I tasted:

Sella & Mosca Spumante Alchero Torbato 2017






One of the few bottle at the time of this writing of sparkling Torbato. As I understand it will land in the US next year (2019).  My first time to taste Torbato; I have yet to taste the dry version of Torbato.  A wine with nice straw coloured hue; lemon confit, beeswax, and white flowers.  Palate of yellow-green citrus zest, almond and honeycomb.  This is a dry sparkling wine.


Sella & Mosca Le Arenarie Alghero 2017







Notes of dried of lemon peel, green apple, and anise; palate of Meyer lemon, hint of almond and tea.


Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2013








A wine that exhibits bright cherry notes, pomegranate, earthen notes and pepper.  Palate of cherry confit, mushroom, white pepper and dried herbs.


Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2014







This wine of mountain strawberry, fennel, and mushroom; palate of mountain strawberry, white pepper, tea and Cardamom.


Sella & Mosca Tanca Farra Alghere 2014

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Native Grapes; cassis, black plum, anise, cedar and red floral notes. Palate of red cherry, mountain strawberry, pepper, Tarragon and Cardamom.









Sella & Mosca Marchese di Villamarina Alghero 2013








100% Cabernet Sauvignon; a great capture of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Mediterranean.  Black cherry, blackberry, forest notes, and suede; Palate of red-black cherry, white pepper, anise, Bay leaf and sage.  This wine on looking at pricing is the $50+ range.  For a 94 Point wine I think this is an exceptional wine and at a very nice price point.


Lamb Tomato dish

Shrimp-squid salad














All of the Sella & Mosca wines are distributed in the United States–fantastic price points for high quality, memorable and imaginative Sardinian wines.  Ask your wine merchant to bring in some bottles if they do not carry these wines.   I would start with the Sauvignon Blanc (Sella & Mosca Le Arenarie Alghero 2017) and the Cannonau wines as well for a special meal the Sella & Mosca Marchese di Villamarina Alghero are a very nice line up to share with your family and friends.


La Ciccia

291 30th St.

San Francisco, CA 94131



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About James Melendez

I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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