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While Cantele’s approach to grape growing and winemaking is rooted in the traditions of Salento viticulture, it doesn’t mean that the current generation of the Cantele family doesn’t continue to experiment and push the boundaries of southern Italian winemaking.

One of its most critically acclaimed projects has been AMATIVO, a wine made from a blend of two of Puglia’s most important red grape varieties: Negroamaro and Primitivo. And the name of the wine, like the blend, is a composite of the grapes that go into it: AMA from the amaro in Negroamaro and TIVO from Primitivo.

An “international-style” wine created by blending two native grapes from Puglia, the flavor profile of this cuvée gets its earthiness from the Negroamaro and its rich fruit character from the Primitivo. While the Negroamaro imparts freshness and just the right amount of tannic structure, the Primitivo gives the wine balance through its rich red fruit flavor.

GRAPE VARIETY Primitivo, Negroamaro.
PRODUCTION AREA Guagnano (Le), San Pietro V.co (Br).
TRAINING Head-trained, (5,000 plants per hectare).
HARVEST P. in early September, N. in late September.
MACERATION The must is macerated  for 12-15 days.
VINIFICATION Fermentation is carried out at 26-28° C.
AGING In barrique for approximately 12 months.
AGING POTENTIAL It will surprise the collector over 8-10 years.
SERVE AT 18° C. (64° F.).

Tasting Notes

COLOR Inexpugnable ruby red, offering the eyes a preview of the wines complex structure, flavors, and aromas.

NOSE  Notes of rose and violet emerge in a slow, long-lasting progression, giving way to wild fruit, dried fig, preserves, and vanilla.

PALATE The same aromatic equilibrium reappears in the mouth, releasing delicate progressions of fruit and spice. The rich, balanced flavor of this wine’s components give it its distinctive imprint. And its extreme delicacy closes with ample, persistent flavors in the finish.

Wine Art

A black and white label, composed of only the name of the wine, Amativo. The vowels have been cut off at the edges: Dadaistically, they overwhelm the classic concept and convention of labels.

As a result, it is out of the ordinary. The hands, represented here using the Sabatier effect, gave birth to this wine, which won the first best label art category prize at the Merano Wine Festival in 2001.

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