Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 2015 - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake

Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 2015

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Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 2015
$13.99

SKU 02666

750ml Bottle

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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.

THIS SUSTAINABLE RED WINE HAS LOW SULFITES
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Region Italy, Puglia, Salice Salentino
Brand Cantele
Alcohol/vol 13%
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Wine SpectatorThis fresh, medium-bodied red shows a lovely mix of ripe red and black fruit, currant, raspberry and blackberry flavors, with light, creamy tannins and hints of iron and herb. Drink now through 2024. 16,700 cases made, 900 cases imported.

Alison Napjus, November 30, 2019
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Wine AdvocateA pure expression of Negroamaro, the Cantele 2015 Salice Salentino Riserva is the most stripped-down and simple of these wines presented by Cantele, located at the beautiful heart of the Salento. This wine opens to a dark ruby appearance with medium volume and texture, making it an easy go-to for an everyday eggplant pasta. The alcohol here clocks in at a merciful 13%, giving it a very approachable personality and pretty effortless sipping for a Riserva. It ages in neutral oak for six months. An ample 220,000 bottles were made, keeping the shelf price very low.

Monica Larner, March 5, 2020
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VinousBright dark red. Aromas of red berries, tar and licorice. Then enters fruity and rich, but turns austere in the middle, finishing with good length but a little lean. A blend of roughly 95% Negroamaro and 5% Malvasia Nera (that is co-planted in the older vineyards).

Ian D'Agata, February 2020
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Wine EnthusiastAromas of cola, anise and brandy-soaked dark cherry mark the nose, with peppery spice lingering in the background. The palate is rather soft and easy in feel, yet there's just enough acidity to keep it lifted. Cherry and crushed pepper mark the short finish.

Alexander Peartree, November 1, 2019