While whites make up the bulk of his production, Signore Kante also dabbles in rosso, focusing primarily on the Terrano grape, a local specialty native to the Istrian peninsula and grown all along the Italo-Slovenian border. Like his whites, it appears to have been chiseled out of Carso limestone. It also boasts a fascinating aromatic palette, hinting at violets and tart blackcurrant, along with a twang of amaro bitters and balsamic spices. Its low alcohol and bracing acidity—even in a riper vintage—make it a wonderful food wine; slice up some prosciutto for an infallibly mouthwatering pairing.
The Carso district of Friuli, just outside of Trieste, is a unique micro-climate sandwiched between the Adriatic Sea to the south, the Alps to the north, and the Balkans to the east. The temperatures are cool at night and the grey limestone is in abundance. In this near-perfect combination of climate and terreno, Edi Kante produces wines that are poised, solid, fresh, and brimming with the character of both the varietal and the limestone soil of Carso. The Kante style is born not only of his incredibly energetic, passionate, mad-scientist like personality, but also of the inherent characteristics of Carso and his deliberate decision to allow these characteristics to shine through rather than be dominated by wine-making technique.
You don’t have to be rich to cellar a great wine.