95 points for Teresa Manara Chardonnay from Daniele Cernilli and Doctor Wine!

We were thrilled to receive news that the Cantele 2016 Late Harvest Chardonnay Teresa Manara was awarded 95/100 points by Daniele Cernilli, one of the world’s great Italian wine experts and critics, founder and longtime editor of the Gambero Rosso guide to Italian wines and now editor of an immensely popular online wine portal, Doctor Wine.

The score will be officially presented in October of this year when he presents Doctor Wine’s new guide to the wines of Italy.

“Plus, it looks beautiful on the summer table. A rare jewel of a rosé.”

“This is a terrific food wine, perhaps the most food-friendly rosé I’ve tasted in a year,” writes top U.S. wine blogger Meg Houston Maker.

“It has enough heft to stand up to grilled foods but enough freshness to pair with salads, cold seafood, and young cheeses. Plus, it looks beautiful on the summer table. A rare jewel of a rosé.”

We’re always thrilled to see Cantele wines in the media. But it was a special treat for us to read her impressions: she’s a U.S. leading wine educator and blogger and her writing (including her contributions to Palate Press) stand apart in our view as some of the best and most informed wine writing in America today (her background is in creative writing).

You can call her a “wine writer.” But we call her a damn good writer who just happens to write about wine…

Click here for her post.

Thank you Wine Folly for the rec! And congrats on the new book!

We were so stoked to learn that the epic wine knowledge portal Wine Folly had recommended our Salice Salentino as an affordable and classic example of Negroamaro. Thank you, Wine Folly!

Check out the site’s post “Best Italian Red Wines for Beginners” here.

And congrats, Wine Folly editors, on the launch of your new, updated, and expanded new book, Wine Folly: Magnum Edition, the Master Guide.

You may not realize how popular your blog and book are in Italy. We couldn’t be more proud to appear on the site. Grazie!

You can pre-order Wine Folly by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack by clicking here.

“Good value wine” — Weimax Wine and Spirits on Cantele Salice Salentino

Weimax Wine and Spirits in Burlingame, California has long been considered one of the best wine shops in the country. And the store’s Italian selection is not only renowned as a tastemaker for Italian wines and brand but also as a benchmark for quality.

We couldn’t be more thrilled that the staff picked Cantele Salice Salentino to be included in a recent offering of “good value wines.”

Here’s what they had to say about the wine:

The Negroamaro grape is typically found in Italy’s Puglia region in the “heel” of Italy’s boot.

The region is gaining fame as a tourist destination, but its wines lag far behind those of Piemonte and Toscana in terms of price.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for good value, Puglia might be a good place to start your search.

Many wines from Puglia could easily be described as “rustic” in the not-too-distant past. And it’s easy to find some of those sorts of wines even today if you look hard enough.

But the Cantele family has been making some good, somewhat modern wines for a number of years.

Thanks to Puglia being in the shadows of other wine regions, prices remain quite attractive.

This is a medium-bodied red wine. It’s entirely Negroamaro and the wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks before being racked into seasoned oak barrels for about half a year.
It’s low in tannin, meaning the wine is smooth and it’s ready to drink upon release.

If you’re grilling some red meat or making a soulful pasta sauce, consider this as a good pairing.

As it’s so smooth, we like to chill it for about an hour in the ‘fridge.

Thank you Weimax Wine and Spirits for the great write-up!

Doctor Wine: 91 points for Cantele 2014 Salice Salentino

Doctor Wine, one of Italy’s leading tasting note portals, awarded 91 points to the 2014 Cantele Salice Salentino this month.

Here’s the tasting note (translation by Cantele):

Cantele 2014 Salice Salentino
91 points

Made from 100 percent Negroamaro grapes, this wine ages for six months in small casks and then finishes its aging stainless-steel tanks. Garnet red in color, it offers a wide spectrum of aromas on the nose, with hints of balsamic, currants, sour cherry, and rhubarb. The wine is rich and smooth in the mouth, with evolved, velvety tannin.

Doctor Wine
April 2018

Cantele Salice Salentino “a fantastic value” according to top wine blogger Cara Rutherford…

We were thrilled to see this tasting by Cara Rutherford, one of our favorite wine bloggers in the U.S. right now.

“Aromas of wild berries, herbs and earth. Layers of dark fruit (think plum, blackberry and black cherry) over black pepper and a wisp of smoky earth. Silky tannins and good acidity fuse into more fruit and spice on the lengthy finish. Well balanced, easy drinking and easy to pair, a fantastic value.”

Thank you, Cara!

Check out Cara’s awesome blog here.

Cantele Salice Salentino: “Lovely with cherry, dark plum and blackberries as well as some leather, mineral, and spice.”

What a thrill for us to read this wonderful post by the Corkscrew Concierge, aka Katrina Rene, a (mostly) wine and food blogger based in Houston. We had the great pleasure of meeting her in October of this year when she added a wine dinner hosted by Paolo in Houston at Mascalzone, one of the city’s leading Italian restaurants.

Here’s what she had to say about our Salice Salentino:

“These wines are known as the some of the highest quality in Puglia and are known for the their baked and ripe red and black fruit, medium alcohol, medium, well-integrated tannins, and high acidity. Again, that acidity makes it great with food. This one was lovely with cherry, dark plum and blackberries as well as some leather, mineral, and spice. Braised and roasted meats are the name of the game here. We had it with a sauced stuffed pork served with spinach.”

Check out the rest of her post for notes on all of the Cantele wines we served that night and the fantastic pairings created by chef Angelo Cuppone especially for the occasion.

Thank you, Corkscrew Concierge, for joining us that evening and thanks for the kind words about our wines. We’re so glad you enjoyed them and we’ll look forward to tasting with you in March 2018 when we get back to your awesome city!