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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 2011 Layer Cake Primitivo comes right at you with huge inky black fruit, spice and white pepper;
layered and rich in the mouth with jammy black cherries, truffles, espresso and dense, creamy texture.
Always in the background are hints of the old sea beds that are the Puglia terroir. This is by far the
most versatile wine in the Layer Cake lineup; the big power makes it work with all kinds of meats and
roasts, the soft textures and sweet ripe fruit make it one of the few red wines that works amazingly
well with spicy foods. Salute!
Layer Cake is a wine that was inspired by my Grandfather and Grandmother. Every Sunday, my Grandmother would bake a huge layer cake for dessert. My Grandfather would pour me a little glass of wine and place it at the table for me. He explained wine in terms of that cake. 'The vines,' he would
say, 'live in layers of soil just like the layers in Grandma"s cake; each layer bringing...Read More About Layer Cake
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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