The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon / Primitivo is an intense
ruby red color with aromas of spice, blackcurrant and plum on the nose. The
mouth-filling palate has a fresh acidity, sweet flavors of cherries and lingering
notes of brown spice. Full-bodied with supple, round tannins, the wine finishes long.
The fruit for this wine was sourced
from valley and hillside vineyards on the Salento
peninsula located in Puglia of southern Italy. The red
soils of Salento, consisting of a calcareous base
overlain by topsoils rich in iron, create an ideal
viticultural environment. The Adriatic and the Ionian
seas that border the peninsula bring a welcome
cooling influence at night, tempering the hot summer
heat. Primitivo, a native Italian varietal is the same as
Californian Zinfandel. It is still grown on low,
individual, bush-like training systems that create
robust, fruity and strongly spicy red wines.