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Kante Spumante Brut

Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
    13.5% ABV
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    13.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    This wonderful bubbly is a blend of Chardonnay and Malvasia. Malvasia imparts notes of apricot and honey, while the Chardonnay lends a distinctly yeasty note and acidity on the finish.

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    Kante
    Kante, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
    In the 1980s, Edi Kante tunneled deep into the limestone hillsides of the Carso to form his cellar, to construct a vineyard, layer by layer, right over the top. The spectacular state of the art cellar is carved three stories down, each layer held at a different constant temperature by the surrounding rock. The estate is situated in the heart of the Carso, on hillsides facing the Gulf of Trieste along the Adriatic Sea. Here, the influence of the sea, protected by a barrier of limestone rock, and the continental climate allows for the optimum ripening of grapes with powerful aromatics and acidity. Described as a perfectionist and a resolute eccentric, Edi is also an innovator; he has devised a new 500ml bottle and its correspondent 1L "magnum" with a tight bottleneck fitted with narrow corks, allowing optimal permeability to improve the finishing and maturation process.

    Friuli-Venezia Giulia

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    The source of some of Italy’s best and most distinctive white wines, Friuli-Venezia Giulia is where Italian, Germanic and Slavic cultures converge. The styles of wines produced in this region of Italy's far north-east reflect this merging of cultures. Often shortened to just “Friuli,” the area is divided into many distinct subzones, including Friuli Grave, Colli Orientali del Friuli, Collio Goriziano and Carso. The flat valley of Friuli Grave is responsible for a large proportion of the region’s wine production, particularly the approachable Pinot grigio and the popular Prosecco. The best vineyard locations are often on hillsides, as in Colli Orientali del Friuli or Collio. In general, Friuli boasts an ideal climate for viticulture, with warm sunny days and chilly nights, which allow grapes to ripen slowly and evenly.

    In Colli Orientali, the specialty is crisp, flavorful white wine made from indigenous varieities like Friulano (formerly known as Tocai Friulano), Ribolla gialla and Malvasia Istriana.

    Red wines, though far less common here, can be quite good, especially when made from the deeply colored, rustic Refosco variety. In Collio Goriziano, which abutts Slovenia, many of the same varieties are planted. International varieties like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc are also common, but they tend to be Loire-like in style with herbaceous character and mellow tannins. Carso’s star grape is the red Teranno, notable for being rich in iron content and historically consumed for health purposes. It has an earthy, meaty profile and is often confused with the distinct variety Refosco.

    Champagne & Sparkling

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    Equal parts festive and food-friendly, sparkling wine is beloved for its lively bubbles and appealing aesthetics. Though it is often thought of as something to be reserved for celebrations, sparkling wine can be enjoyed on any occasion—and might just make the regular ones feel a bit more special. Sparkling wine is made throughout the world, but can only be called “Champagne” if it comes from the Champagne region of France. Other regions have their own specialties, like Prosecco in Italy and Cava in Spain. Sweet or dry, white or rosé (or even red!), lightly fizzy or fully sparkling, there is a style of bubbly wine to suit every palate.

    The bubbles in sparkling wine are formed when the base wine undergoes a secondary fermentation, trapping carbon dioxide inside the bottle or fermentation vessel. Champagne, Cava and many other sparkling wines (particularly in the New World) are made using the “traditional method,” in which the second fermentation takes place inside the bottle. With this method, dead yeast cells remain in contact with the wine during bottle aging, giving it a creamy mouthful and toasty flavors. For Prosecco, the carbonation process occurs in a stainless steel tank to preserve the fresh fruity and floral aromas preferred for this style of wine.

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