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Alberto Longo Le Fossette 2011

T. Edward Wines, Organic Wine importer/distributor, Alberto Longo le Fossette, Karen Ulrich for T. Edward Wines

Made from 100% Falanghina, one of Italy’s oldest varietals thought to have come by way of Greece, the Alberto Longo le Fossette 2011 is the first bottle to empty at our summer time dinner table.  Farmed on 1.5 of Alberto Longo‘s 35ha in Lucera in Northern Puglia, Falanghina once thrived on this same land 100 years ago, where it is now planted to calcareous soils that are sandy loam in texture.  Rich in Roman history, the region has long supported Longo’s family who has been farming the land for over three generations.  And though he himself worked the land as a boy and teen, it wasn’t until he attained success in his professional career that Longo then returned to Lucera in 2000, where he planted vines with the assistance of Giacomo Tachis, before bringing on board Dott.ssa Graziana Grassini -Tachis’s star protege – to oversee his winery.

The first to bottle Falanghinia in 2004, Longo was soon followed by 15 other wineries, who currently vinify the ancient varietal.  Fermented in stainless steel and kept on its fine lees for three months, Le Fossette offers great floral aromas with slate minerality, followed by core fruit and balsamic notes. With hints of bee’s wax on the nose and palate, there’s silky acidity and a lemony finish.

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