Fanòi Primitivo

In another era, bonfires would dot the nighttime landscape of Puglia during cooler months. They represented an essential convivial moment for the people who inhabit this land: As it lit up the night sky, the bonfire was a way for them to come together and socialize, to keep each other warm, and to share a glass of wine and a bit of food on a winter evening.

Cantele’s Fanòi Primitivo, made from a selection of top fruit from one of our best vineyards, is named after those traditional bonfires because the wine itself is a nod to one of the grandest traditions of Pugliese winemaking. While Primitivo grown in Salento on the Adriatic side of Pugliese peninsula makes for light, fresh, youthful wines, the Primitivo grown on the Ionian coast — the spiritual home of Primitivo — is intensely rich in color and flavor. Thanks to the setting sun of the west, the berries on these vines achieve excellent ripeness. But the proximity to the sea (literally a stone’s throw away) also provides the ventilation needed to maintain the freshness and vibrancy. The resulting wines have remarkable depth and nuance.

The grapes for this benchmark, cru-designate expression of Primitivo are sourced from one western Puglia’s top vineyards.

TRAINING “Pugliese” head-trained.
HARVEST First week of September.
MACERATION 12 days of maceration with daily delestage.
VINIFICATION Fermentation at 24° C.
AGING New and once-used barriques for 14 months.
AGING POTENTIAL Ready to drink. Peak of evolution in 6-8 years.
SERVE AT 18° C. (64° F.).

Tasting Notes

COLOR Intense ruby red with hints of violet.

NOSE Wild and impetuous with notes of sour cherry, cassis, and mint. Bay, cumin, and sage. A touch of rhubarb and delicate smoky note. Iron, vetiver, and Gargano orange.

PALATE Seductive, rich, and smooth. Powerful structure with acidity that balances the wine’s elegant tannic character.

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