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Dialogo di Cantalfieri 2016 – Cantarutti

Written by Piero Pardini

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“It has always been a dream of my father to have a cottage where he can meet up with friends on the weekend. That boy’s dream became reality when, in his early thirties, in 1969, he bought on the hills of Rosazzo, in the Colli The first vineyards are oriental. That farmhouse of that time has now become our administrative and production headquarters.
Since then, half a century has passed and those hills have turned into an open-air garden in one of the most beautiful and scenic hilly areas of the Colli Orientali del Friuli. The hills that embrace the Abbey of Rosazzo have historically always produced wines of extraordinary quality, testimonies speak that as early as 1400 the wines of this area crossed the Italian borders and in 1500 were served at the imperial table, and in great demand by patriarchs and ecclesiastics.
Entering Rosazzo is like entering a paradise, the magic, the colors, the scents and the rolling hills make this landscape unique, the vineyards are cultivated with art and wisdom and the particular climate with its breezes coming from the nearby sea Adriatic, make the wines of this area particularly exclusive and sought after”.

(Antonella Cantarutti)

Ownership: Cantarutti family
Oenological management: Cantarutti family
Agronomic management: Cantarutti family
Viticulture: conventional
Vineyard hectares: 54
Bottles produced: 130,000
Direct sales: yes
Visits to the company: yes
Foundation year: 1969

Dialogo di Cantalfieri 2016 - Cantarutti


Wine: Dialogo di Cantalfieri
Alcoholic strength: 12.5% vol.
Vintage: 2016.
Classification: Classic Method Sparkling Wine.
Grapes: 70% Pinot Nero 30% Pinot Bianco.
Production area: in D.O.C. Colli Orientali del Friuli.
Production hectares: 1.5 hectares of Pinot Noir and 2 hectares of Pinot Blanc.
Harvest: the grape harvest took place at the end of August 2014, after a careful selection of the best grapes from both vineyards. The grapes, collected in crates, arrived in the cellar and were cooled in a special cold room to a temperature of 8-9 degrees.
Vinification: the grapes were softly pressed whole by means of a pneumatic press and the must obtained was placed in a steel tank for 12 hours at a controlled temperature to clear up. The racked wine was fermented at a controlled temperature of 18° C. By means of constant and careful checks, the need for further racking or other cellar operations was assessed. The wine was then filtered and prepared for refermentation. Once selected yeasts and sugar in defined quantities were added to the base wine, it was bottled, capped with a bidule and metal crown cap. It remained to mature on the lees in the cellar for over 36 months. At the time identified it was placed on the pupitre to obtain the tip necessary for the complete cleaning of the bottle by expelling the precipitates formed by the refermentation. After performing the degorgement in february 2020, the bottle was capped and left to rest for a few months before being put on sale.
Serving temperature: 8 ° C.

Visual exam
Clarity: brilliant
Color: straw yellow
Consistency: – – –
Remarks: intense color with golden reflections
Bubble size: fine
Bubble number: numerous
Bubble length: lengthy

Olfactory examination
Intensity: intense
Complexity: complex
Quality: fine
Description: floral, fruity, fragrant and mineral
Remarks: opening of white flowers reminiscent of elderflower and orange blossom, followed by interesting fruity notes tending to citrine that recall the juice of cedar and lemon with crunchy notes of rennet apple, amaze the fragrances that recall dry pastry with light notes buttery due to croissants, mineral finishes with balsamic notes and aromatic herbs aromas.

Taste – olfactory examination
Sugars: dry
Alcohols: warm enough
Polyalcohols: smooth
Acids: fresh
Tannins: – – –
Minerality: Mineral
Structure: full-bodied
Balance: Moderately balanced
Intensity: intense
Length: long
Quality: very good

Final remarks
State of Evolution: mature
Harmony: quite harmonious
Notes: excellent perlage, enchanting aromas that return to the taste with surprising persistence and fine quality. Not perfect balance, but extremely pleasant as a whole.


Pairing: tuna tataki with sesame.

Azienda Cantarutti Alfieri sas
Via Ronchi, 9
33048 San Giovanni al Natisone (Udine) ITALY
Phone +39 0432 756317

About the author

Piero Pardini

Founder and editor of "The Wolf Post", Italian based International digital wine platform.
Freelance Journalist.
Wine critic and Sommelier.
He has also written about sports and technology for some specialized magazines.
Co-author of the authorized biography "Gianni Clerici - The writer, the poet the journalist", Le Lettere, Firenze.

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