Category Archives: Primitivo

Layer Cake Primitivo 2007

Layer Cake, Puglia IGT, Primitivo, a.k.a. Zinfandel 2007 The nose features cooked fruit and vanilla while the mouth is light and soft. Bottled under Stelvin. 13.5% $12.99 at Bottle Barn

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Sobon Primitivo 2007

Sobon Estate, Amador County, Rezerve, Primitivo 2007 The black pepper is not shy in the nose of this wine. In the mouth the blackberries come to the fore along with ripe tannins. All the grapes were grown organically. Grown, produced … Continue reading

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Jacuzzi Primitivo 2006

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, Lake County, Morine Ranch, Primitivo 2006 In the nose the fruit is stewed and evolving . In the mouth this wine is light-bodied and warm with a touch of sweet pruniness. The wine was aged for 9 … Continue reading

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Collier Falls Vineyards

Barry Collier has created a paradise for his grapes above the Dry Creek Valley. If you were a grape, you would want to be planted under his care. The hillside vineyards are steep and the views are incredible. The highest … Continue reading

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Down the boot

Botromagno, Puglia IGT, Primitivo 2006 The nose shows drying and oxidized fruit while the mouth is extremely tannic. The astringency dominates; it was a mistake to take a chance on this wine. Bottled in Gravina 13.5% $14.99 at Traverso’s

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Blending in Puglia

Tormaresca, Puglia IGT, Neprica 2007 The grapes are 40% Negroamaro, 30% Primitivo, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Estate grown and bottled in Minervino Murge 13.5% $9.99 at Traverso’s Tormaresca Torreguaceto, Vino Rosso da Tavola 2003 Bottled by Racemi in Manduria 13% $19.95 … Continue reading

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A look at Italian Primitivo

A Mano Puglia Primitivo IGT 2005 Fine for the price – it shows some Zin-like jammy fruit and complexity probably from a bit of brett. The latest bottle sample in April ’08 was especially supple and Zin-like. Bot for Amano … Continue reading

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Primo Zin

Collier Falls Dry Creek Valley Primitivo 2005 This is lovingly slathered in oak. P&B in Geyserville 15.2% $32 at the winery Collier Falls Bella Alexander Valley Big River Ranch Zinfandel 2005 A very balanced Zin with tannic structure and dense … Continue reading

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Zin and Primitivo

Gran Sasso, Puglia, Primitivo IGT 2005 Tasted in May ’08 this wine was blooming with brett and would repulse most consumers. A bottle tasted later in the summer proved to be a different animal. Oaky and earthy with new world … Continue reading

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Inland Mendocino Zin and Primitivo

This flight features two Mendo wines, one Zinfandel and the other Primitivo. Chiarito Mendocino Estate Bottled Zinfandel 2004 Quite structured with concentration of berries to keep up – a little warm. There’s 11% Petite Sirah in the final blend. Aging … Continue reading

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