Fanòi, the new Primitivo is here (and scenes from ProWein)

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Cantele’s new Primitivo Fanòi is finally here.

Fanòi, voice of fire, the living frontier of a winter that dissolves nighttime into the Mediterranean spring. As if in a dream, life comes together in a fireside tale that begins anew and completes its circle. The mystery of time and the limbo of memory brush up against one another in those flames, the fires of antiquity that once revealed the naked, mystical, sensual soul of the land.

It’s named after the bonfires — the fanòi (falò in contemporary Italian) — that used to dot the Pugliese peninsula in celebration of spring’s arrival in antiquity.

The Canteles have been pouring the wine for the first time at the ProWein trade fair in Düsseldorf, currently underway.

And they will be pouring it in a few weeks at Vinitaly in Verona.

It’s still not clear whether or not the wine — a small-production, high-end expression of Primitivo — will make it to the U.S. this year.

But I’ll be sure to taste it with the Canteles at the fair and will post my notes here.

In the meantime, the image below comes from Paolo’s Facebook. He, brother Gianni, and cousin Umberto have been working the trenches at the fair in Düsseldorf… another day in the lives of a Pugliese winemaking family.

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