Alberto Longo Cantine di Terravecchia 2017 Nero di Troia 'Citerna'

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Alberto Longo is our new favourite producer from Puglia. This region is largely dominated by two black varieties: Primitivo and Negroamaro. However, in this part of Puglia, in the north, around the town of Lucera, it is other varieties that dominate. Here you can find Aglianico, Montepulciano, even Sangiovese. This wine is made totally from Nero di Troia, one of Puglia's noble black varieties, sometimes known as Uva di Troia. It's a variety with distinctive floral aromas, not as powerful as it's cousins from the southern part of the peninsula, with notes of black fruits, dried herbs and incense. This is a distinctive wine with a huge personality and is a great intro to the fantastic range of wines made by Alberto.

Italy | Puglia | Alberto Longo | 100% Nero di Troia | ABV 13.5% | 75cl | Drink 2021 - 2024

The Region

Puglia

Puglia

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 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 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.

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