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A NEW YEAR AND NEW VINTAGES ARRIVING

posted on 12 January 2020
RINE’ GAINS A SCREW CAP
This coming March, the new 2018 vintage of Riné, its second vintage as a certified organic wine, will debut on the market under a screw cap for the first time, and so we want to talk a bit about this type of closure. We have been using this closure for some years now for Rosanoire, and since last year for our latest-born Valtènesi Chiaretto. We have found the results positive in terms of cellarability, soundness, and crispness, in particular over the medium- and long-term; our customers, often tired of opening wines that were tainted, have expressed full satisfaction. So, after these years of trials and careful study, we decided to give a screw cap to Riné as well, something that would add to the well-known ageability of this distinctive white, allowing it to preserve even greater aromatic intensity, a characteristic particularly expressive in the 2018 vintage. Given the screw cap’s sterility and hermetic seal, bottling wines is definitely made much easier, since less sulphites need to be used, which adds up to greater respect for the wine itself, for the terroir, and for the health of the consumer.
NEXT ON THE RETAIL SHELVES
As mentioned above, mid-February will see the release of Valtènesi Chiaretto 2019 Bio, March that of Rosanoire 2019 Bio and of Riné 2018 Bio. With regard to the reds, the first bottles of Zerdì 2017 Bio are already available, whereas the debut of the new Groppello 2018 Bio will have to wait for Vinitaly 2020. True, it’s not a real debut, since it’s the same wine that was labelled Valtènesi DOC, but we have again added to the label its grape variety and taken advantage of that to freshen up the label. And an interesting new development: in 2017 we were intrigued by a tank of Pinot Noir that spontaneously fermented with indigenous yeasts, which we then aged just in steel and bottled about a year from harvest, without using stabilisation, clarification, or filtration—another great example of a open-minded «exercice de style» à la Cantrina. The result, IGT Benaco Bresciano Pinot Nero Bio 2017 Corteccio, the old name for the first Pinot Noir-based wines in the years when we were just starting out. There are just a few hundred bottles, and we don’t yet know whether or when there will be more, but these are perfect for adventuresome wine-lovers who want to “taste outside the boundaries”. The bottles are indeed few.

Cristina and Diego

Waiting for spring

posted on 19 February 2021
Aspettando la primavera...
We wanted to put out this brief edition of our newsletter just to let you know that, in spite of plenty of limitations, closings, and the consequent economic slowdown—which has hit our sector hard--, here at Cantrina work in the vineyards has never stopped. We have continued to prune, manure, and tend the vineyards, and in the cellar we have been working on all the new vintages preparatory to bottling. Just a few days ago, we bottled our 2020 organic rosés: Rosanoire and Valtènesi Chiaretto will be available and ready to enjoy starting in April.

Harvest 2020

posted on 5 November 2020
Warm greetings to you all! It’s already late autumn and therefore the time to draw some overall conclusions about the 2020 harvest that just ended. We mentioned in our last newsletter that in our area, and in particular for those of us who have chosen the path of farming organically, it was certainly a difficult growing year, with plenty of heavy rains, sometimes along with hail, that accompanied us from June on, almost right up to the start of harvest

Harvest 2020

posted on 2 September 2020
Vendemmia 2020 Cantrina
We’re just about there...This year, too, we’re almost into harvest. That despite a winter that was among the warmest and driest in memory, despite the Covid-19 crisis and lockdown, decked out in gloves and masks; despite the late spring and near-rainless summer; despite hail here and there that did some damage; despite the ultra-vigorous foliage in the vineyards that made us re-double our efforts to ward off fungal attacks and carefully monitor the crop; and despite all the large and small problems that we have to always confront every day “on the grape-growing front”.
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