Alberto Longo 2021 Negroamaro Rosato 'Donnadele'
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Alberto Longo is our favourite producer in Puglia. Negroamaro is the best variety for making rose in this part of the world, making wines that are delicate, dry, crisp, but still plenty of flavour. Notes of red fruits, pink grapefruit, touched spice and the warmth of the south. A perfect garden rose, but also has enough body to match with Mediterranean dishes and salads.
Puglia is the heel of the boot, known for its vast but not hugely diverse viticulture. Much of its wine, more than half, is produced in bulk, for blending with wines from other parts of Italy, or basic table wine. There are a number of DOCs, and a handful of DOCGs but the problem is that it is largely dependent on two major grape varieties: Primitivo and Negroamaro. However, the popularity of the former seems to go from strength to strength. Primitivo, despite lacking the refinement needed for top quality wines, has the components of rich fruit, lowish acidity and soft tannins which has great appeal and instant likability. It is also a very generous variety, so it be produced quite cheaply, therefore, offers pretty good value for money.
We have recently added the wines of Alberto Longo to our range. Alberto’s wines have breathed new life into our Puglian section with wines made from varieties particular to the northern city of Lucera, which is close to the borders of Campania and Molise. Here you can find Falanghina, Nero di Troia, Aglianico and Montepulciano among others.
The winery and vineyards are located in Lucera in Northern Puglia close to the borders of Molise and Campania. Here you can a range of grape varieties different to those found further down the peninsula. The local specialities being Nero di Troia, Falanghina and Montepulciano, mixed up with the more canonical Puglian varieties of Primitivo and Negroamaro.
Alberto is a third generation winemaker with 35 hectares of vines and a modern, well-equipped winery. Alberto is highly skilled and passionate about his wines, but he has a secret weapon in his armoury, that is his oenologist Graziana Grassini, who up until recently was also the head winemaker of Sassicaia. Graziana has been working with Alberto since 2004 and you can feel her dynamism and drive for top quality in these wines.
The range is exemplary: starting with the Le Fossette, a Falanghina that shows the stoned fruit character of this variety, with an extra dimension of minerality and bright freshness. His Rosé Donnadele made from Negroamaro is a delicate colour with gorgeous pink grapefruit and spice scents.
The reds are as diverse as they excellent. The range starts with a pure Nero di Troia, Citerna: fragrant and soft with the warmth of the south. Next is the Cacc' e Mmitte di Lucera, Alberto's local DOC being a blend of Nero di Troia, Montepulciano and a little of his local white variety Bombino Bianco. Following, is the Primitivo made from vineyards in Manduria, and is quite possibly the best Primitivo we have encountered. It is rich, no doubt, but has a delicious freshness and vigour that we have found in no other wine from this variety. Finally, there are Alberto's two top reds: his Syrah 4.7.7, which is quite possibly the best Syrah in Italy, certainly the only one that has REAL Syrah characteristics of violets, blackberries and smoked meats; and his Aglianico Montepeloso which is powerful, dense and classically structured.