This pretty expression of Primitivo opens with ripe fruit aromas of prune and blackberry, plus notes of sweet spice and moist pipe tobacco. There’s a soft, chewy feeling on the palate, followed by bold fruit flavors.
A single-vineyard wine that’s mostly Primitivo—blended with small amounts of Montepulciano, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot—this is the big brother to Felline’s Primitivo di Manduria. The red berry flavors are ratcheted up a notch and pick up some peach and apricot notes of sur-maturité. Some time in barrique has imparted creamy milk chocolate, vanilla flavors and…
You can taste the Primitivo grape’s relationship to Zinfandel in wines like this one, which bursts with mixed berries and black pepper. It’s a soft, easy quaff, with juicy acidity and just enough ripe tannin to give it shape in the mouth. A sure hit with pizza or pasta.
Earthy and slightly rustic, but still possessing plenty of tart red fruit, this 50-50 blend of Primitivo and Negroamaro is a touch too tannic for its own good; try taming the tannins with a slab of rare beef.