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

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