Robert Parker 90 points for 2012 Amativo: “great textural richness with soft tannins and a long, opulent mouthfeel”

Here’s what Monica Larner, Italian critic for Robert Parker, Jr.’s Wine Advocate, had to say about the 2012 Amativo:

2012 Cantele Amativo
90 points

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.

Click here to learn more about this extraordinary wine.

“This devilish-red rosato was certainly made for food.” Wine writer Katherine Cole on Cantele Rosato

We couldn’t be more thrilled to learn that Cantele Rosato was featured in Katherine Cole’s newly released book, Rosé All Day (Abrams, April 11, 2017).

Katherine is one of the best wine writers working in North America today (and she’s one of our faves!).

Here’s what she had to say about our wine. And please check out her book and site here.

The Cantele family is a prominent part of the Salento success story, with their chic tasting room and “synesthetic laboratory” called iSensi, where cooking classes and wine-pairing meals are curated to stimulate the eyes, the ears, the nose, and the tongue. This devilish-red rosato was certainly made for food. The Negroamaro grape skins give it tart astringency and a botanical aroma that beg for a pairing with peppery arugula.

Ray Isle features Cantele and iSensi in September issue of Food & Wine

From the archives, Food & Wine magazine’s feature story on the Cantele family and its winery (2014).

food wine magazine pugliaGianni and Paolo Cantele and their iSensi cooking school are featured in a profile by Ray Isle for the September 2014 issue of Food & Wine.

“For decades,” writes Ray Isle, Food & Wine executive wine editor and one of the most popular writers in the U.S. today, “most Pugliese wine was sold in bulk to northern Italy.”

“‘I remember my grandfather working all day to send wine out of Puglia — these huge trucks taking wine up to make vermouth,” says Giuseppe Cupertino, sommelier for Due Camini at the Borgo Egnazia resort, one of the region’s top restaurants. ‘They’d come to my hometown in November, truck after truck after truck — even late at night. I’d see their lights driving away.'”

“Augusto Cantele was one of the first local winemakers to try to change that situation, and he worked for decades to raise people’s awareness of Puglia’s extraordinary potential. Now his sons, Paolo and Gianni, are running the Cantele Winery with the same ambition.”

Click here to read a complete version of the article.

Cantele Salice Salentino: “Absolutely freakin’ delicious” (thank you, Gregg!)

italian-wine-hawaiiOne of the best things about working in the wine trade in the age of social media is all the great people that you get to meet (in person and online).

Gregg U. is a lawyer who lives and works in Honolulu, Hawaii. But he’s also one of our favorite gourmets and wine lovers on Instagram.

We couldn’t have been more thrilled about his tasting note for the Cantele Salice Salentino on his feed the other day: “Absolutely freakin’ delicious,” he wrote.

Thank you, Gregg!

And if you’re looking for new food and wine lovers to follow on social media, check out Gregg’s Instagram. It’s really one of our faves…

Wine Spectator: Cantele Salice Salentino a “best value” wine

linea_canteleHere’s what Wine Spectator Italian editor Alison Napjus had to say about the Cantele Salice Salentino, a wine she included in her “best value” round up last year.

Cantele Salice Salentino
89 points

Juicy flavors of ripe wild strawberry and red licorice mark the start to this light- to medium-bodied red, with supple tannins lending some structure and weight. Savory accents of garrigue, loamy earth and star anise echo on the finish.

The wine was also recommended by Wine Spectator senior editor Tim Fish in his recent Memorial Day recommendations for summer grilling. Click here for his article (subscribers only).

Amativo 2014 awarded prestigious “5 Bunches” by Bibenda Guide editors

bibenda-five-bunches-awardWe are thrilled to share the news that Cantele’s Amativo 2014 has been awarded the prestigious “5 Bunches” rating by the editors of the Bibenda Guide to the Wines of Italy 2017. The “5 Bunches” prize is the guide’s top rating.

The wine will be presented together with the other winners of this year’s top prize at a gala event and tasting next month (that’s a scene from last year’s gathering in Rome above). Reserve for this year’s gala by clicking here.

With the award of “5 Bunches” by the editors of the Bibenda guide, Cantele’s Amativo joins the ranks of some of Italy’s most famous wines, including entries from top wineries in Piedmont and Tuscany.

Congratulations to winemaker Gianni Cantele and his team for having brought home this coveted accolade!


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!).