Tenores (2016) by Tenute Dettori is a red wine made from Cannonau grapes, and is 'an expression of power and elegance' just like the Canto a Tenores, or polyphonic folk singing characteristic of the region. The nose is full of ripe and bright notes of mulberry, strawberry, bay leaves, spices and liquorice. On the palate it is expressive, balsamic, energetic, marine and persistent.
As with other Dettori wines, this is a wine made with old style artisanal methods, adhering to the 'Triple A' movement: Agricoltori, Artigiani, Artisti or Farmers, Artisans, Artists.
About the producer:
These wines "do not follow the market; I make wines that please me, wine of my own local area, wines of Sennori. They are what they have to be and not what you want them to be." -Natural Winegrowers In Sardinia, 1996
Dettori Wines echo these sentiments and continue to stay true to this ethos. They are based in the north of Sardinia, in the historical region of Romangia, within Logudoro, which in the Sardo language means 'luogo dorato' or golden place since it is considered to be Sardinia’s most fertile area. Romangia is a delimited geographical area to which the commune of Sennori e Sorso belongs, along a coastal portion of the Sassari province between Porto Torres and Castelsardo facing the Gulf of Asinara.
Here Dettori have been making natural wine for generations using the local grapes Vermentino, Cannonau and Moscato as well as lesser known rare grapes like Monica and Pascale. Their top wines come from Badde Nigolosu which is their Cru vineyard, a natural amphitheatre on the highest hills around Sennori’s Town. Here the grapes achieve exceptional ripeness and complexity and go to produce deep and desirable red and white wines.
Proprietor Alessandro Dettori is known for producing natural wines from single varieties – he does not practice blending and will only produce varieties that are native or considered historically important to the island of Sardinia. Moreover, he does not agree with the DOC system and produces all wines under the Romangia IGT designation, which denotes a smaller and much more restricted denomination.