Primitivo has been arguably identied as the same grape as zinfandel. However, while they share parentage, it has become evident that they are separate clones.
Like its cousin, the Primitivo yields dark colored wines redolent of wild blackberries with spicy, someyimes peppery nuances. Bold in tannins it is generally full-bodied. Yet, it is a versatile grape that can be fashioned into fruity, lighter red and rose renditions.
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: Primitivo APPELLATION: Primitivo di Manduria DOC
AREA OF PRODUCTION/ORIGIN: Some towns of Taranto Province, Apulia
VINIFICATION: Vinification is carried out using the traditional “submerged cap” system, carefully controlled in order to extract delicate tannins and varietal fruit characteristics. Follows an aging period of 9 months in barrels made of selected varieties of French and American wood, where the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. After that follows refining in bottles.
HARVEST DATE: First half of September
CELLARING: 5 - 6 years
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 14,5% Vol.
TASTING NOTES: Intense deep red color, almost impenetrable. On the nose recalls red-berried fruits with hints of vanilla, toasted notes and spices which give complexity to the bouquet.
The great tannic structure is perfectly balanced on the palate and in aftertasting as well.
CULINARY SUGGESTIONS: Great wine for roasted and grilled meats. Ideal with game dishes. Excellent with mature hard cheeses.
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 18-20 °C