Alberto Longo 2022 Falanghina 'Le Fossette'

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Alberto Longo is our favourite producer in Puglia. Despite being an area known for its red wines, Alberto is adept at aking remarkably fresh and exciting whites. His Falanghina is made from vineyards in Lucera close to the borders of Campania and Molise in Northern Puglia. This wine is fresh and aromatic with notes of apricots, white peaches, spices and floral notes with a lovely dry, elegant palate with great body.

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The Region

Puglia

Puglia

Welcome to the sun-drenched haven of Puglia, Italy – where vineyards sprawl across rolling hills and centuries of winemaking tradition converge with innovation. Puglia's wines embody this vibrant region, capturing its essence in every sip.

Nurtured by the Mediterranean sun and kissed by gentle sea breezes, Puglia's vineyards yield various varieties, each with a captivating story. From the intense and velvety Primitivo to the crisp elegance of Fiano, Puglian wines are a testament to the terroir's influence and the hands that carefully craft them.

We champion the wines of Alberto Longo, one of the greatest producers in the region. His production is small, but his personality, which comes through in the wines, is immense. Elsewhere, we have the sensational Appassimento from Vallone - a winery that pioneered this winemaking technique in Puglia; and the great value reds and rosé from San Marzano, a forward-thinking and dynamic co-op.

New to the range this year is Caiaffa, from northern Puglia. We have his delicious, spicy Fiano Minutolo and will add more from this excellent producer over time.

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Organic & Biodynamic Wines

Organic & Biodynamic WInes

All the wines listed in this section are organic or biodynamic to varying degrees. Here, we list the wine which are also in organic conversion (i.e. not completed the 3 year process), with each wine listing its status.

Biodynamic goes a little further than organic. It is an all encompassing philosophy which has at its heart the biodynamic composts and sprays with actions performed account to the biodynamic calendar of root, leaf, flower, and fruit days.

The Producer

Alberto Longo

Alberto Longo

Alberto Longo is our latest arrival from Puglia. We have long been admirers of Alberto's wines being stylish, polished and fully expressive of the regional authenticity that we seek out.

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 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, which 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 theLe 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 are 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 blending Nero di Troia, Montepulciano and a little of his local white variety Bombino Bianco. Following is the Primitivo made from vineyards in Manduria, and it 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 with REAL Syrah characteristics of violets, blackberries and smoked meats; and Le Cruste, which is a single vineyard made from Nero di Troia

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