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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The color is a lively ruby red with delicate garnet reflections.
On the nose, the bouquet is mineraly with undertones of cherries and plums; the finish is of flowers and spices.
The palate expresses soft tannins, good acidity and the soft mouthfeel which are characteristics of the bounty of Primitivo which was once a strong and rustic wine and is now one of elegance and nobility.
Serve this wine with pasta and meat sauce, red meats including lamb. Ideal partner for cheese.
"Cantele's 2008 Primitivo offers up dark red fruit, licorice, leather and dark plums. There isn't a ton of varietal character, but at this price point that is splitting hairs, as the wine’s balance is excellent. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2012."
The Wine Advocate
This winery was founded in 1979 by Giovanni Cantele and his two sons Augusto and Domenico, and is the result of ten years experience in the wine business in the Salentino area. Cantele's latest investments have served to increase their presence in the DOC zone of Salice Salentino in the commune of Guagnano, where they grow the local Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera and Primitivo varieties.
Abruzzi, Puglia, & Campania
Kind of central, kind of southern, this region is best known for it's wine, Montapulciano d'Abruzzi - this wine is made from the Montelpulciano grape, unlike Vino Nobile di Montelpulciano, made with a Sangiovese clone in the region of Montelpuliciano. The Montelpulciano grape is happiest here in Abruzzi and the wine is rustic, yet soft...Read More About Southern Italy
Kin of Zin
Recent DNA testing has shown Primitivo to possess the exact same genetic make
up as the popular California grape, Zinfandel.
Oddly enough, both varieties origins are tracked back to Croatia. And while
the grapes may be identical in theory, the wines they produce have distinct
...Read More About Primitivo
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