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There is perhaps no wine or grape variety more closely associated with Pugliese viticulture than Primitivo, a grape first brought to Italy in the 19th century (around the same time it was introduced in Northern California, where it came to be known as Zinfandel).

Cantele’s award-winning Primitivo was among the first to find its way across the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean where it has become one of the winery’s most recognizable labels.

But that doesn’t mean that it’s not just as popular in Italy, where you’ll find it in top restaurants across the country, from Milan to Naples.

Fresh and light in style, Cantele’s Primitivo is one of our most versatile wines at the dinner table: From pizza to pastas topped with meat sauce, baked pastas, and even some lighter entrées, the juicy fruit of this wine pairs wonderfully with a wide variety of foods — Italian and international.

But its lithe character in the glass also makes for a great pairing for seafood dishes. In fact, it’s one of Lecce’s favorites to pair with the excellent fish and seafood they serve there.

PRODUCTION AREA Torricella (Ta), San Pietro V.co (Br).
TRAINING Head-trained (4,500 plants per ha).
HARVEST End of August.
MACERATION Must macerates for 6-7 days.
VINIFICATION Fermentation is carried out at 25-26° C.
AGING In barriques for approximately 6 months.
AGING POTENTIAL Ready to drink. Evolve for 3-4 years.
SERVE AT 18° C. (64° F.).

Tasting Notes

COLOR: Ruby red with delicate garnet undertones.

NOSE: The minerality of the nose creates a delicate combination of morello and sour cherry and prune. Floral and spicy notes follow in a superbly persistent finish.

PALATE: Gentle tannins, impressive acidity combine with the classic delicacy and alcoholic content of Primitivo in the flavors of this once forceful but now elegant and noble wine.

Wine Art

Just like domino tiles, the rich colors of the Cantele labels line up like a work of art by Andy Warhol.

But while Warhol liked to depict the same subject with different colors, here are the actual labels in an image that celebrates the Cantele line of wines, a style that like to call “POP.”

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