Matane Primitivo Di Manduria 2007
Primitivo from Southern Italy, Italy
Wine Style Guide
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.
Ruby red color with
rich violet reflections; opulent
bouquet, reminiscent of ripe cherries
and plums, integrated by pleasing
nuances of chocolate and vanilla.
Remarkable structure, softened
by the roundness and silkiness
characteristic of Primitivo; long,
"A juicy, fruit-forward red, with crushed blackberry and floral character. Full and well-structured, with tight, fine tannins pushing through the fruit. Subtle and structured, even reserved. From old vines. Best after 2009. 1,200 cases made."
We found this to be a full, well-balanced "mouth-full", with lots of luscious berry fruit, smooth finish, full-bodied without being heavy. We had it with a vintage tenderloin BBQ steak, side of sautee of onions, summer squash, zucchini, garlic finished w/ cherry tomatos and fresh thyme. Not the *best* Primitivo we've had, but very, very close
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Neil and Maria Empson have been selecting
Italy"s finest wines for over thirty-six years.
In February 2007, they were joined by
their daughter, Tara Smeralda, fresh from
her studies and a course in wine tasting
at the Associazone Italiana Sommeliers.
Exactly one year later, the family visited
some friends in the Salento peninsula, the
southernmost portion of Puglia and...
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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...
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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
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