Known as Zinfandel here, it was the most widely planted California varietal during the original “wine boom” of 1878 to 1889. Some say the Croations first brought it here, some say the Greeks. In Southern Italy, it’s Primitivo. Vibrant, violet/red, this perfumed, spiced dark red cherry bomb hails from Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot. It is said that this wine was “disegnati dal sole”, meaning “crafted by the sun”. The mineral backbone, focused by the hammering Southern Italian sun has truly crafted a bold, juicy, well-balanced spice treat. I find it somewhat ironic that what is arguably our best food-pairing wine actually comes from Europe.
Our Primitivo opens with juicy, bright red raspberry and dark cherry flavor, stays light through the mid palate and finishes with a long lingering streak of vanilla. Dry and fresh, delicious.
Primitivo is a fantastic BBQ wine. It loves pulled pork, ribs, steaks and anything with a lot of flavor and a mild char to it. Pizza is another excellent choice with this fabulous wine.