Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 2014


SKU 02666


The Cantele (cahn-teh-lay) family originally hailed from Veneto, but Paolo Cantele's grandfather emigrated to Puglia and founded this family estate in 1979. We met Paolo here in Spring Lake when he visited the Bottle Shop for the first time, and tasted through the Cantele wines. We were impressed by the complexity, consistency and value across the board. He told us that this wine, the Salice Salentino Riserva, was chosen by the Gambero Rosso as the #1 Best Value Wine in Italy last year---that is a great compliment! Made from very old vines, up to 60 years in age, this Salice is aged for 6 months in older barriques. Another interesting fact he shared with us is that Cantele adds even less sulfites than allowed by the legal organic limit. The estate is not organic, per se, but the vineyards are farmed as sustainably as possible. It helps that 80% of his family's vineyards are on the Adriatic Coast side of Puglia, giving the benefit of NW winds which keep the vines breezy and not too hot. This is simply an extraordinary value for a very high quality red wine.

Category Red Wine
Country Italy
Region Puglia
Appellation Salice Salentino
Brand Cantele
  • wa89

Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Salice Salentino Riserva is a heavy and concentrated wine with prune, raisin and blackberry jelly. The wine is hearty and dense with sweet flavors on the finish that are interwoven tightly with equally savory characteristics. Despite those big bones, this wine from Cantele ultimately offers good balance and a very clean and correct drinking style. It a great value, too.

Monica Larner, August 31, 2017