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Date Printed: 7/28/2014
A. Mano Puglia Primitivo 2006
A. Mano Puglia Primitivo 2006
(search item no. 93874)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $10.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Made from 100% Primitivo (Zinfandel's ancestor) from Puglia. A. Mano (meaning "made by hand") is made from 70-100 year-old, hand-cultivated, low-yielding vines.

This is a fruit-packed, food-friendly, modern wine, an excellent value and a great alternative to American Zinfandel. It pairs exceedingly well with a variety of dishes – grilled meats, rich pastas, spicy foods and barbecue.

My Notes:

About A. Mano:

"How does an American end up in Apulia (and why does he stay?)", asks Mark Shannon as he begins to tell his story. Meeting this brilliant wine-maker from California, you are struck by professional and personality alike: Mark's drive, enthusiasm, creativity and expertise are hard to come by in a single individual! Needless to say, the impact of his sensational Apulian red reflects the impact of the man.

Called AMano ("hand-made"), and entirely hand-crafted from indigenous Primitivo grapes (the original source of Zinfandel, by the way...), this fruit-packed, food-friendly red expresses the region's quality potential, and the reasons for Mark's Apulian connection. These are best told by Mark himself: "Apulia (or Puglia, as it is known in Italian) is so easy to fall in love with: old, head-trained vineyards, a history of grape-growing in harmony with nature. Everything necessary for top-quality wines. I was compelled to stay. I have not seen another region of the world where the quality potential is so high.

After so many years of technical wine-making, I had almost forgotten that the right way to make wine is with love. In fact, Puglia reminded me this is the way to do everything."