The Carso is a strange place to grow grapes: this limestone plateau, hundreds of meters above the Adriatic coastline and not far from the city of Trieste, has practically no soil! When Edi Kante planted his vineyards, he had to carry over heaps of red clay dug up from deep gulleys that dot the landscape—the only place where soil can be found. These Chardonnay vines survive thanks to this thin layer of dirt, and then are met with nothing but hard rock below. Factor in the proximity to the sea, and Kante’s wines are pure mineral with a crisp, saline finish. You’ll also find fleshy white fruit and a lovely creaminess, so there is an element of charm to coat the stone. Drink or hold.
|Vineyard:||14 years average, 1.8 ha|
|Soil:||Clay and Limestone|
|Aging:||Aged for 12 months in old barrels, then aged for 6 more months in stainless steel tank|
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.
For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.