Vineyard: The Vigne d'Alto bottling comes from Lonardo's vineyards in the prized unofficial subzone of Taurasi called Case d'Alto.
Orientation: South facing vineyard at 400 meters in elevation.
Soil: Volcanic soil rich in carbon and nitrogen.
Viticulture: Hand harvested from 40 year old vines
Vinification: Vinified with yeast selected from the vineyard. Maceration for 75 days on the skins.
Aging: Aged in 5HL casks for two years.
Another striking wine, the 2009 Taurasi Vigne d'Alto is a bit more perfumed and refined than the Coste, with a profile of red stone fruits, flowers and savory herbs. Here too, the vintage has produced an unusually open, silky style of Taurasi that will only make readers happy. Classicists will probably prefer the 2008, but there is a level of pure raciness to the 2009 that is impossible to resist. -- Antonio Galloni
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
The 2009 Vigne d’Alto from Sandro and Enza Lonardo is quite a bit different in personality than the Le Coste, with the volcanic soils here lending an exotic element to the nose. The bouquet jumps from the glass in a blend of baked red and black cherries, red curry, gamebirds, garrigue, cedar, a touch of cigar wrapper and a great base of volcanic soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, nascently complex and a bit racier than the Le Coste, with a great core of fruit, seamless balance, ripe, beautifully-integrated tannins and outstanding length and grip on the brilliant finish. This is a stunning young bottle of Taurasi! 2023-2075.