Southern Rhone's Island Outpost
2004 Tenute Dettori Rosso
Cult Sardinian Grenache: Lowest Price in the World
"Simply put, Dettori's 2004 Rosso rocks."
- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate
For Southern Rhône fans, for all those who went long on the 2007 Chateauneufs, today the journey south to the Italian island of Sardinia will be very rewarding.
The common denominators here are Grenache (that most dazzling, meaty and floral grape) and sunshine. A lot of sunshine. Yet the voice, the tone, of this grape on the brushy island of Sardinia is distinct - perhaps a bit wilder, perhaps even more expansive and exotic than its attitude in the Rhône.
This is to say nothing of the old-vine treasure-trove of Grenache vines (called "Cannonau" locally) that Dettori farms; 120-year-old wisemen with deep, deep roots that pull up from the earth a serious concentration.
This is to say nothing of the uncompromisingly traditional practices of the estate - no new wood, no fining, no filtering. Dettori is one of those unique estates that simply transcends the appellation that in theory defines it, in the same manner that Paolo Bea is more Paolo Bea than Umbria, in the way that Clos Rougeard is much larger than Saumur-Champigny, Mas de Daumas Gassac more an entity unto themselves than any real representative of the Languedoc.
Today, with the strongest recommendation and the lowest price in the world, we present a parcel of 2004 Tenute Dettori Rosso.
This is a wine that Antonio Galloni of the Wine Advocate flipped for. We'll reproduce his note here in full because there's a unique warmth here, as if Galloni not only loves the wine but cares personally about the estate:
"Simply put, Dettori’s 2004 Rosso rocks. An intense, full-bodied wine, it sweeps across the palate with awesome richness, showing generous dark fruit that fills out its large frame beautifully. As it sits in the glass, mint, spice and licorice flavors develop, adding further complexity. This stunning, breathtaking red was made from 120+ year-old Cannonau vines and aged in cement and steel. It too is not to be missed."
Though the Tenute Dettori has been a cult favorite (albeit left-of-center) for some time, perhaps more background would be useful. This is a 33-hectare estate in the Sennori countryside of Sardinia, a landscape that is also home to wheat and vegetable gardens, orchards and olive groves. There is a deceptive humility at Dettori: They call themselves "little wine craftsmen" though they are clearly turning out no small wine. There is an obvious ambition here, reflected in the wines. As stated above, they are uncompromising in the vineyard and in the cellar, dry-farming, harvesting and bottling entirely by hand.
For the Rhône-aficianado, this is an expression of Grenache that we believe will overwhelm you, in a very good way. It is a unique, exuberant, exotic, raucous, sweeping and charming voice of Grenache, one that should be supported.
While our bottle price is the lowest in the world, we do have a specially priced four-pack - more than 25% below the lowest price in New York. Alas, all orders subject to confirmation.
Please email us at email@example.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463 to order.
Crush Wine & Spirits
Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate: Simply put, Dettori’s 2004 Rosso rocks. An intense, full-bodied wine, it sweeps across the palate with awesome richness, showing generous dark fruit that fills out its large frame beautifully. As it sits in the glass, mint, spice and licorice flavors develop, adding further complexity. This stunning, breathtaking red was made from 120+ year-old Cannonau vines and aged in cement and steel. It too is not to be missed. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2024.
Net / No Further Discount
2004 Dettori Rosso is pre-arrival