Cantalupo

"The winery of Cantalupo is the property of the Arlunno family, who have long been vineyard owners and grape growers in the beautiful rolling hills of Novara, tucked to the north of the Po River valley and south of the Alps. These are officially the back roads of Piemonte, but as such are great hunting grounds for superb wines that offer outstanding value. However, while the region that includes Ghemme, and its slightly better known neighbor, Gattinara, is not a particularly well know today, its historical wine-producing roots are deep, as there is evidence that grape cultivation in this area predates the Roman empire. The climate here is not dissimilar from that around Alba where the nebbiolo grape reaches its apogee in the wines of Barbaresco and Barolo, with warm summers and foggy autumns allowing nebbiolo to again produce lovely wines. Located so close to the alpine peak of the Monte Rosa, which is the second highest mountain in all of Europe, the soils of Ghemme are not rich by any stretch of the imagination, and the corresponding wines are elegant and medium-full in style.

In this area the nebbiolo variety is called spanna in the local dialect, and most often is blended with a small percentage of other local grapes to give Ghemme its unique and compelling character. Officially Ghemme must be made up of a minimum of sixty percent nebbiolo, with other traditional local grapes such as bonarda and vespolina making up the balance of the blend. The different Ghemme bottlings from Cantalupo however are made up of one hundred percent nebbiolo, as the Arlunnos choose to bottle their vespolina (which has been grown in Ghemme for five hundred years) on its own in a cuvée called Villa Horta. The style of the wines of Ghemme is not as full or powerful as the nebbiolo-based wines of Alba, as the variety here in these sunny hills produces a more delicate and ethereal style of wine, with more red fruit and spice elements, though never short on complexity or intensity of flavor.

The Arlunnos have had vineyards in this area for a couple of centuries, but did not start the Cantalupo winery until 1969, when the region of Ghemme was given its own DOCG. The family now has thirty-four hectares of vineyards, most of them in the Ghemme appellation just to the east of Gattinara. The soils here are extraordinarily complex due to the retreat of the glacier through this area (the Monte Rosa glacier) at the end of the last ice age, and when coupled with Nebbiolo, these vineyards produce wines of striking soil composition and racy structure. There are four distinct bottlings of Ghemme from Cantalupo, a normale, and three cru bottlings: Ghemme "Collis Breclemae", Ghemme "Collis Carellae" and Ghemme "Signore di Bayard" that are made from old vines in the best sections of the vineyards. The Cantalupo red wine lineup is rounded out with a botti-aged bottling of Ghemme called Agamium. The winery also produces a lovely dry rosé, Il Mimo. The Cantalupo winery of the Arlunno family is clearly one of, if not the, benchmark producer in Ghemme."

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Cantalupo 'Agamium' Nebbiolo 2013
92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 92"The 2013 Colline Novaresi Agamium is a striking, entry-level wine endowed with tons of Nebbiolo personality. Sweet red cherry, wild flowers and mint grace the palate in this silky, perfumed wine loaded with personality. Don’t miss it."~Antonio Galloni
Item Number: 29933
Bottle:$13.95
Case: $167.40
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Cantalupo 'Il Mimo' Rosato Nebbiolo 2017
90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90 "Orange pink. Clean floral and ripe red fruit aromas and flavors are simple and fresh. Hints of sassafras and dried rose add complexity, but this version of Il Mimo strikes me as less complex wine than usual that thrives mostly on its early appeal and easy accessibility. Slightly
Item Number: 29199
Bottle:$11.45
Case: $137.40
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Cantalupo 'Il Mimo' Rosato Nebbiolo 2016
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"This gorgeous 100% Nebbiolo Rosato is full of aromas and flavors of fresh red berries, rose petals, and spice notes. A more full-flavored style of Rose, it has a juicy, long finish, with mouthwatering acidity to balance the rich flavors. A knockout example of a Nebbiolo Rosato!"~Distributor Notes 

Cantalupo 'Il Mimo' Rosato Nebbiolo 2015
"This gorgeous 100% Nebbiolo Rosato is full of aromas and flavors of fresh red berries, rose petals, and spice notes. A more full-flavored style of Rose, it has a juicy, long finish, with mouthwatering acidity to balance the rich flavors. A knockout example of a Nebbiolo Rosato!"~Distributor Notes 

Cantalupo 'Carellae' Ghemme Nebbiolo 2008
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96  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 96 "The 2008 Ghemme Collis Carellae is a real stunner. Rose petal, mint, violets, sweet red cherries and licorice are some of the many notes that blossom in a firm, classically built wine that will make lovers of traditionally made Nebbiolos weak at the knees. Vibrant, translucent and

Cantalupo 'Agamium' Nebbiolo 2009
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91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "The 2009 Colline Novaresi Agamium is floral, bright and deeply expressive, with plenty of lift and red stone fruit character. Feminine and gracious throughout, the 2009 offers considerable grace and plenty of near to medium-term appeal. A final burst of Chambolle-like fruit rounds

Cantalupo 'Il Mimo' Rosato Nebbiolo 2014
90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90 "Bright pink. Aromas and flavors of fresh red berries, orchard fruit and rose petals. Bright harmonious acidity provides very good clarity and lift, with a spicy nuance emerging with aeration. Red berry and floral notes repeat on the juicy, long finish. Antichi Vigneti di Cantalupo