I actually had this Italian red wine
about a week ago, but the E2 lag
multiplied by the combine
d effects of my rural
, hick ISP
and my sturdy
but slow 486
have severely curtail
ed my noding activities. Anyway...
I'm becoming a big fan of this relatively light bodied, flavorful variety of wine. Sadly, my state only allows liquor stores to carry two brands of it (which is kinda strange, as I live in the supposedly 'Live Free or Die" state of New Hampshire). So when I finally saw the 1997 Càntele arrive on the shelf (I've already tried the 1995), I put down the $10 and opened it eagerly.
This is a good, light red wine. And I mean that both in the context of body and color: compared with most other red wines, it's got a very pale color...it kind of reminded me of cranberry juice. The aroma was warm with hints of something flowery, and a sip brought lots of spicy flavors and that little smack of acidity you get with some Italian wines. There were some tannins, helping lend the wine a long (if low level) finish.
It did, however, make me rethink the bottles of 1997 Taurino Salice Salentino Rosso Riserva I have (well, had--we drank some over the weekend--though I had intended to replace them) in my wine cellar. The 1995 Càntele was weak and a little oxidized after six years in the bottle, and I had thought to hang onto the 1997 Taurino until about 2002...but will it be dead by then? I still think I'm going to go ahead and buy a few more bottles of the 1997 Taurino, since it's a slightly heavier wine, a little more oaky. it just goes to show that different wineries can approach the same wine in different ways--Càntele clearly makes their wine with youth in mind.
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