2021 Angelo Negro ‘Onorata’ Langhe Favorita Vermentino
Vermentino appeals to everyone. It manages to be linear without sacrificing weight, and its notes of bright stone fruit win over Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc lovers, while its minerality attracts Chablis-drinkers. Wherever your palate lies, give this a shot as it makes for the perfect fall transition wine.
Organic farming practices, hand-harvested, native yeast fermentation, and only 2,000 cases produced.
- Tasting Notes lemon peel, geranium, pear, white peach, wet slate, white pepper, bitter almond
- Variety Vermentino
- Region Italy, Piedmont
- Volume 750ml
- Alcohol Volume 13.5%
- Table Talk Vermentino or 'Favorita' as it's called in Piedmont, earned its name when King Emanuel II declared it to be "the favorite grape."
Since 1670, the Negro family has been cultivating vineyards in the hills of the Roero. Today, boasting some of the most desirable vineyard sites in the region, Negro is an indisputable legend of the area. In fact, in 1971, Giovanni Negro made history by vinifying the first dry Roero Arneis, considered by many contemporaries to be the gold standard in all of the Langhe. Since then, Giovanni and his wife, Maria Elisa had four children, Gabriele, Angelo, Emanuela, and Giuseppe.
Today, Giovanni’s son Angelo acts as head winemaker. He produces wines exclusively from the native grapes of the region, offering a remarkable range of Arneis, Nebbiolo, and “Favorita.” The estate encompasses 70 hectares of vineyards surrounding three properties: the ancestral Cascina Perdaudin in Monteu Roero, the San Vittore farmhouse in Canale, and the farmhouse in the Basarin cru of Neive. Despite these vast holdings, the winery averages less than 30,000 cases produced per year. The family’s meticulous work in the vineyard and the cellar give rise to precise and soulful wines, like this bottling of “Onorata.” It manages to be linear without sacrificing weight, and its notes of bright stone fruit appeal to Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc lovers alike.
The Negro family farms all of their vineyards organically and since 2016 Angelo Negro has been a leading member of the The Green Experience. This certifying body was founded by Coldiretti Cuneo, whose primary objectives are the conservation of healthy soil and biodiversity, the enhancement of unique regional production methods, and the preservation of the UNESCO-protected hills of the Langhe, the Roero, and Monferrato.
Vermentino, often associated with Corsica or Sardinia in Italy, offers both light white and rosé styles of wine. Also known as “Roero” and “Favorita” in Piedmont, the Vermentino grape tends to create round and herbal wines with ripe fruit, good minerality and a hint of bitter almond on the finish. Well-deserving of more attention, this variety is producing great wines of character that we would recommend to any Chablis-drinker looking for something a little more affordable.
Traveling to the northwest corner of Italy you’ll find the region of Piedmont or Piemonte in Italian. Here the climate ranges between moderate to continental and the area is noted for its foothills. These foothills provide different aspects and altitudes allowing for a variety of elegant, aromatic, and earthy wines to be grown. The primary grapes of Piemonte are the black varieties of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto and the white varieties of Cortese and Moscato (Muscat). Within Piemonte are many other designated smaller wine regions famous for their specific varieties including Barbaresco, Barolo, Asti, Alba and Langhe. The Langhe area has a long history of grape growing and the traditional white grape produced are Arneis and Favorita (Vermentino).