The Cagnulari vine is present in a significant proportion in the vineyards of Sassari (13%), but poorly in other Sardinian provinces, and that is the reason why it has been ignored by many scholars of the last century, such as Manca dell’Arca and Moris.
There is a certain resemblance to the vine Bovale, varieties that many assimilate, and thus we assume a common Spanish origin even if Cagnulari evolved in respect to the original clone, which could easily be the Bovale. In Gallura it is called Caldarello or Caldareddu, and in Alghero it is called Cagliunari, which is its synonym regularly recognized.
Cagnulari is often vinified together with other red varieties: for example in the Mejlogu area it is blended with the Cannonau and with the Pascale di Cagliari giving a wine of an interesting structure. In 1995 Cagnulari was recognized as a base in wines DOC Alghero.
The berry is black, medium, spheroid with thick, substantial, pruinose, black-purple skin. The bunch is medium, cylindrical-conical, sometimes winged, semi-tight with a large, three-lobed leaf.
Cagnulari variety has medium vigor and time of medium-late maturing.
Cagnulari vine gives a ruby red wine. The nose is fruity with hints of berries. The palate is structured and complex, typically warm and soft.