2017 Salore Salice Salentino Cantine de Falco
Carefully fermented at low temperatures in steel tanks, to avoid too much extraction, this perky juice then spends 6 months in oldish barrels which really helps smooth this out and gives the super sleek feel and racy drive that stands this apart from almost all other Salice Salentinos we have tried. It is darker and deeper than the 'regular' Negroamaro - but is just as well balanced and has the cantina's signature brightness and red fruited lift. A decadent but not too showy red - think deep flavours and grilled food - bring on the summer! L&S (Sep 2020)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
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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