Thank you to Good Things by David for the kind words for our wine (and the lovely photos!)

good-things-by-david-blogJust like a songwriter whose heart flutters when she/he hears someone say how much they like her/his song, there’s no greater music to a winemaker’s ears than kinds words about her/his wine.

We were thrilled to read Good Things by David’s review of our Salice Salentino.

“From Cantele in the Salice Salentino region of Italy comes this delicious rosso riserva made from 100% Negroamaro grapes… a smooth and delicate wine that pairs well with a bevy of pastas, chicken dishes, and red meats.”

Click here for the complete review and a pair of gorgeous photos by Good Things by David (great blog, btw!).

“That’s the vintage, baby! And there’s nothing you can do about it.”

negroamaro-vintage-2016“That’s the vintage, baby. The vintage! And there’s nothing you can do about it,” wrote Gianni late last week on his Facebook, quoting the famous line uttered by Humphrey Bogart in “Deadline.”

“I like the whites, which are stabilizing after fermentation. The Primitivo is excellent. The rosé from Negroamaro has just been racked. And reds from Negroamaro are going to be a gamble.”

“But today, after along day of working in the vineyards, I can’t stop thinking about how hot it was among the vines, my shoed covered in mud, and Negroamaro bunches that were battling off the botrytits.”

“And without a doubt, many of them are winning!”

Salice Salentino: “A unanimous thumbs up!” (90 points Robert Parker)

k-and-l-wine-merchants-san-franciscoItalian wine specialist John Downing of K&L Wine merchants on the 2013 Cantele Salice Salentino, which was recently awarded 90 points by Monica Larner (Robert Parker):

Although Puglia has been one of Italy’s largest zones for the cultivation of grapes, it’s only recently become known for quality wine production. Cantele has been at the forefront of this movement and when we recently tasted their 2013 Salice Salentino Riserva, it was met with a unanimous thumbs up from our staff! This red is brimming with fragrant dark plum, raspberry, dried herbs, tea and spice while offering delicious fruit, mild tannins and overall freshness throughout. This is the ideal Italian table red and the … price tag makes it irresistible.

Image via SF Wine Blog.

Cantele harvest looking good despite heavy rains in certain areas

grape-harvest-italy-2016A note posted by Gianni Cantele on his Facebook today

Maybe it’s because I’m an incurable optimist but I’ve been asking myself why there are certain people who go to great lengths to raise doubts in the media about the quality of the (Negroamaro) harvest, which hasn’t even begun.

In the wake of the damage caused by heavy rainfall (including some significantly affected areas), the real situation is depicted in marvelous images like the one above.

They give you your report card at the end of the semester each year at school.

I’m going to wait until harvest is over to get mine.

Gianni Cantele

Monica Larner (Robert Parker): 89 points for 2015 Negroamaro Rosato

linea_cantele2015_rosatoCantele 2915 Negroamaro Rosato
89 points

The Cantele 2015 Negroamaro Rosato is a crisp and steady wine that offers a pleasant stream of wild berry and pink flower aromas. The mouthfeel is layered and creamy with abundant fruit offered along the way. Hints of blanched almond and natural rubber add just the right level of depth to what is fundamentally an easy-drinking Rosato to pair with red shrimp or fried calamari.

Cantele is another exciting winery that represents the energy and the innovation that comes with a new generation. The Cantele family, including siblings Gianni, Paolo, Umberto and Luisa, are symbols of the Salento new wave. They show careful attention to the Negroamaro grape (they even make a Metodo Classico sparkling wine with the variety that is very interesting) and experiment with Verdeca, Fiano, Primitivo and international varieties such as Chardonnay. I had the opportunity to visit the estate this year and learned of the many growth possibilities they hold for the future. For example, they own an abandoned Masseria (rural farmstead) that would make a fantastic visitor’s center or boutique hotel. I know that the next time I come to visit they will have new ideas to pursue. Cantele is a winery that emits a feeling of constant movement and forward-momentum.

Monica Larner
Robert Parker Wine Advocate
August 2016

Monica Larner (Robert Parker): 90 points for 2013 Salice Salentino

linea_canteleCantele 2013 Salice Salentino
90 points

The Cantele 2013 Salice Salentino Riserva shows a greater level of depth and finesse compared to many of its peers. The wine is packed tight with blackberry fruit, with Maraschino cherry, plum and prune in abundance. The wine is chewy and rich for sure, but it also provides an authentic and generous portrait of a red wine from Puglia. A spicy beef or lamb dish would make the perfect pairing partner.

Cantele is another exciting winery that represents the energy and the innovation that comes with a new generation. The Cantele family, including siblings Gianni, Paolo, Umberto and Luisa, are symbols of the Salento new wave. They show careful attention to the Negroamaro grape (they even make a Metodo Classico sparkling wine with the variety that is very interesting) and experiment with Verdeca, Fiano, Primitivo and international varieties such as Chardonnay. I had the opportunity to visit the estate this year and learned of the many growth possibilities they hold for the future. For example, they own an abandoned Masseria (rural farmstead) that would make a fantastic visitor’s center or boutique hotel. I know that the next time I come to visit they will have new ideas to pursue. Cantele is a winery that emits a feeling of constant movement and forward-momentum.

Monica Larner
Robert Parker Wine Advocate
August 2016