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Casa Smith Porcospino Primitivo 2017

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Winemaker Notes

Brooding Primitivo. Dark flavors, black cherry, plum, cold ash intertwined with dried herbs and cool stone. Delivering a deep, compelling, serious Washington wine.

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JS 92
James Suckling
Attractive red-plum and vibrant cassis notes lead to a palate that has much fresher fruit with a peppery edge, too. The delivery of tannin and spiced berry flavors on the palate is on point.
JD 90
Jeb Dunnuck

Lots of spices, plums, blueberries, peppery spice, and cedar emerge from the 2017 Primitivo Porcospino. Medium-bodied, fresh, and lively on the palate, with surprising elegance.

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A collection of wines produced from classic varietals of Italy. Starting in the north, Barbera from Piedmont. Traveling through Tuscany with Sangiovese and finishing in the land of Primitivo: Puglia. These are the Washington grown grapes from the single vineyard selections, Cervo, Cinghiale, Porcospino. Made for you by the Famiglia Smith: Charles, Ginevra, Charlotte.
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Columbia Valley, Washington

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Distinguished by a broad, south-exposed, uniform slope and landlocked by the Columbia River to its south and Saddle Mountains to its north, the Wahluke Slope AVA of Washington holds 15% of the total vine acreage of the state and takes its name from the Native American word for “watering place.”

Incidentally the Wahluke Slope AVA has one of the hottest and driest climates of the state so irrigation is not only essential, but also allows complete grower control of vine vigor. On top of its arid and warm environment, strong summer winds blow across this broad slope and ensure both smaller leaf size and grape clusters. The result is top quality wines with great concentration, phenolic ripeness, body and depth of flavor.

Vineyards cover the AVA from 425 to 1,480 feet along the slope. Its deep soils of wind-blown alluvium and sand with a depth, on average, of more than 5 feet along the continuous grade allow optimal drainage for the vines.

Thriving varieties include Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc.

Merlots are rich in sweet, ripe cherry, red currant, raspberry and cocoa. Syrahs tend to express black and blue fruit along with savory notes. Wahluke Cabernets are rich in stewed red and black berries.

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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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