07 Salice Salentino one of the best vintages ever

“The arrival of a scirocco in late September was cause for alarm,” said winemaker Gianni Cantele when we tasted the 2007 vintage of his Salice Salentino (80% Negroamaro, 20% Malvasia Nera) last week in Guagnano at the winery. “We feared the hot winds would cause the vines to go into hydric shock,” he said, “and […]

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From Rubber Soul to the White Album: Vintrospective on Cantele Primitivo

Vintrospective, by American wine industry veteran and consultant Joel Mack, is one of the leading resources on Italian wine today. Here’s what Joel had to say about Cantele Primitivo…

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Wine Spectator: Cantele Primitivo “a winner”

Here’s what Wine Spectator columnist Harvey Steiman had to say about the 2008 Primitivo by Cantele, tasted last year at one of his favorite San Francisco pizzerias, Gialina (photo via salt, teak, & fog). My local pizzeria, Gialina in San Francisco, offers a short list of a half-dozen simple Italian wines to drink with such […]

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Hopeless in Highland IN, saved by Cantele Primitivo

Let’s face it: Highland, Indiana isn’t exactly what you’d call “smack-dab in the middle” of North America’s renaissance in Italian cuisine. In fact, it’s about as far away from house-cured prosciutto and certified verace pizza napoletana as a body can get. That’s what a wine blogger discovered when he traveled through the steel-mill towns of […]

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