Primitivo is a dark-skinned grape known for producing inky, tannic wines, primarily in Puglia where the hot dry summers allow the grape to accumulate significant sugar levels prior to harvest. A classic Primitivo wine is high in both alcohol and tannins, intensely flavored and deeply colored. It can occasionally reach alcohol levels of 18%, but is quite often around 14 – 15%. In some cases, Primitivo can mistaken for an Amarone, because of the raisined fruit and leather aromas, not to mention high alcohol levels.
This wine is produced from 25 year old bush vines harvested by hand. Despite its youth, this wine really delivers on the palate, bursting with sumptuous dark cherry and blackberry fruit. Rich, round, juicy, and expressive with a silky edged finish. Drink now, but be sure to save a few bottles to see how it develops.
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