On a recent trip to New Hampshire, I enthusiastically loaded up on wines since the state does not have any sales tax. I picked up bottles that I haven’t seen in any of my local markets, and was happy to find a Salice Salentino, as I believe I have exhausted all of the choices in my shops. Giovanni Batista Cantele founded the Cantele winery in 1979 along with his sons Augusto and Domenico. Prior to that, Giovanni was a successful wine broker, purchasing Puglian wines and selling them in northern Italy. Today under the direction of Gianni Cantele [Augosto’s son], the family estate consists of 50 hectares of vines and an additional 150 hectares owned by other growers that the family manages.
Dark fruits and earth elements command this rustic red, with black cherry, blackberry and plum galvanizing an intriguing finish of black peppercorn, coffee and hints of dried floral notes. A fantastic balance of fruit and spice, this is a great companion at the table.
Bottled by Cantele Azienda Vinicolo Guagnano