2016 Salento Cantine de Falco
This Negroamaro surprised us enormously when we first tasted it in Italy. As they go this is really rather a pretty example. Perfumed and sweetly spiced. A whiff of baked plum and cloves hits you and that follows on the palate too - but this is not a blat of cooked fruit - there are good lines here too - a more taut feel than we are used to finding - and as such this is remarkably easy going. A fine example from the land where Negroamaro rules - the Salento Peninsular in Puglia. Another true bargain from our new friends at the well established Cantine de Falco. L&S (Apr 2017)
*Case price: Mix any 12 bottles of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
Like the Primitivo Salento above, this is good-value new wine to the Lea & Sandeman range – even more so when you make use of L&S's generous discounts on any mixed case, which brings the price of both these wines down to £7.95 a bottle. The youthful Negroamaro is bright, juicy and soft with essence of cherry and plum fruit and clean-cut freshness. Rating: 87 www.thewinegang.com (Oct 2017)
Cantine de Falco
We were delighted to meet the energetic team from Cantine de Falco on our last trip to Italy. The enthusiasm for what they are doing here is contagious. Located near Lecce in the heart of Salento country, at Novoli, this 50 year old estate has really hit its stride recently. Salvatore has been succeeded by his son Gabriele but the understanding of this place and the vines has been passed on seamlessly. With average vine age now between 20 and 30 years old the fruit is of great intensity and quality. We were struck by the purity of the fruit character here - the fabulous, clean-cut expression that fills the glass from each varietal. Our favourites from the estate are the Negroamaro and the super Primitivo. Both fine, lithe and pretty examples. Yes, these are Puglian, so all is relative, but these are the brightest, most fun examples we have tasted for ages. An exciting new signing and remarkable value.
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