Angel Vine Primitivo 2013 Front Label
Angel Vine Primitivo 2013 Front Label

Angel Vine Primitivo 2013

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    Working with great vineyards from the Columbia Gorge, Columbia Valley, Wahluke Slope and Walla Walla Valley, Ed Fus is quietly crafting small lots of ultra-premium quality Zinfandels at user friendly prices. The signature and winning hallmark of these wines is their lusciously ripe and expressive fruit coupled with bright, fresh berry acidity - qualities derived from warm summer days with up to 18 hours of sunlight and cool, acid-preserving desert nights. Grapes are hand-picked, hand sorted, hand punched down - in short... hand made. Barrels are mostly older French with some older Hungarian. The wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered. The winemaking style could best be described as no style imposed - let the grapes and various terroirs express themselves.
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    A large and geographically diverse AVA capable of producing a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington state’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA even extends into northern Oregon!

    Because of its size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which are both further split into smaller, noteworthy appellations. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences extreme winters and long, hot, dry summers. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the entire year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.

    Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling. These range in style from citrus and green apple dominant in cooler sites, to riper, fleshier wines with stone fruit flavors coming from the warmer vineyards.

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    Loved for its inky, brambly, fruit-driven wines, the Primitivo grape actually has Croatian origin. Primitivo landed in Italy in the late 1800s and became an important variety in the hot, dry, southern region of Puglia. Here it was named from the Latin word, primativus, meaning "first to ripen." Somm Secret—No one knew Primitivo and Zinfandel were the same until 1994 when DNA profiling at UC Davis finally revealed the link. The grape goes by the name of Tribidrag in Croatia and is a parent to Plavac Mali.

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