Forged in the heat of Italy’s heel, what’s special about this primitivo is the balance it strikes between a vibrant and warm gush of fruit (think red plums, cherries and stewed damsons) and the firm, clean edges that give it a refreshingly tart snap. Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph (Mar 2020)
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Again this is a winner from Gabrielle and Marco - such lift and energy delivered with brilliant, bright red fruits. Such a deliciously fresh and juicy feel to this wine. Bright mulberry, damson and raspberry fruitiness, with a touch of earthiness and garigue-like notes. The flow here is seamless - a real joy to drink.L&S(Apr 2019)
Lea & Sandeman has five shops in West London, with a range that is particularly strong in modern Italians such as a fleshy but tangy and unusually fresh and vibrant Puglian red duo from Cantine de Falco: Salento Primitivo 2018 and Salento Negroamaro 2018.David Williams, The Observer(Mar 2020)
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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