Here’s what Monica Larner, Italian critic for Robert Parker, Jr.’s Wine Advocate, had to say about the 2012 Amativo:
2012 Cantele Amativo
The 2012 Amativo is an IGT Salento blend of 60% Primitivo and 40% Negroamaro from the “heel of the boot” of Italy. The wine is aged in oak for one year (90% French oak and 10% American oak) and displays a dark, impenetrable consistency with aromas of dark fruit, leather, tobacco and spice. Amativo shows great textural richness with soft tannins and a long, opulent mouthfeel. This mighty Puglian red should continue its evolution for another five years.
Cantele is one of the most reliable producers of value wine from Puglia. The estate makes use of a wide selection of grape varieties to represent the many winemaking options of this sunny peninsula in the south of Italy.