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Riné

posted on 21 March 2022
Dear Customers and Winelovers, We’d like to talk to you a bit about our Riné. Although it has changed over the years, we conceived Cantrina’s white wine--our distinctive blend of Riesling and Chardonnay, and a bit of other white varieties we grow here in our estate vineyards--as one that would evolve and mature with cellaring, offering its best even many years after bottling. We noticed, though, in the few years, that we were often forced to sell Riné too soon, and thus offering our customers a wine that was still inexpressive and therefore not fully appreciated for what it really was. Thus our decision to fully recognise the unique merits of this unusual wine by postponing the release of Riné 2020 at least until autumn 2022. As you well know, ours is a very limited production, fruit of a meticulous quality-selection of grapes grown in 8 hectares of organically-cultivated vineyards. Further, we have now had three successive growing years of below-average crops, a challenge that has constrained us to reduce the number of bottles or made it difficult to even produce some of our wines at all. We define ourselves as artisanal winegrowers, which means striving to pay close attention to every single detail in order to follow the most natural path possible in achieving our particular idea of the wine that we bottle and offer to our wine-loving customers. One “detail” that is fundamental for us, throughout the winemaking process, is the selection of the right time. There is a right time for harvesting, a right time for fermenting, for racking, for maturing the wine, for bottling, and, finally, for the right time-length for its ageing in the bottle before the right time arrive to fully enjoy the fruit of such lengthy efforts. Believe us, this decision has cost us a great effort, both logistical and, of course, financial, and it pains us to have to leave some customers wine-less for some months, but we are convinced that our choice will come to be appreciated over time as an act of rigorous winemaking and of respect for all the fans of this superb wine. Thank you, Cristina and Diego

Vertical of Riné 2008-2015

posted on 17 November 2017
I had the pleasure, on 10-11 November, of visiting Antony and Sofie, my importers in Brussels. We had decided to personally visit all their customers, divided into three groups, and taste with them a vertical of Riné, vintages 2008 through 2015, the latter currently on the market.

The wine-grower’s post-harvest wrap-up

posted on 27 October 2017
Considerazioni del produttore
Now that the fermentations are nearly finished, it’s time for our usual overview with respect to the 2017 harvest—or perhaps better, the 2017 vintage year. As expected, the extremely hot weather and lack of rainfall—some 60% less than normal– that marked the entire season brought the harvest forward by two full weeks, which meant that on 18 August the first pinot noir clusters for Rosanoire were already in the cellar, and the white grapes came in just one week later.

Azienda Agricola Cantrina ad Astino del Gusto

posted on 16 October 2017
Una serata di degustazione nella bellissima cornice del Monastero di Astino, monumento millenario immerso nel verde ai piedi di Bergamo.
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