Primitivo di Manduria DOC, Apulia (heel of “the boot”), Italy; 14.5% ABV
imported by Innovino International Inc., Tamarac, FL
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on ~25 Jan
This wine looked promising, and indeed, I liked it quite well for a tasty, every day, easily paired drink. It’s pretty tasty right away, but IMO benefits from a couple hours’ air, when it shows a range of typical Zinfandel (same grape as Primitivo) fruits from red raspberry, to black raspberry, another softer dark purple fruit (mulberry? grape?), through to a slight bit of blackberry, finishing with zingy ripe acid. For a southern Italian wine, it’s unusually fruit-driven, lacking much of (what I think of as) the usual stemmy / raisiny structure. However, I found the fruit very tasty, and these qualities likely make it more appealing if you’re accustomed to CA Zinfandel. Indeed, one person whose taste usually agrees with mine found this wine too sweet.
As much as I liked it on the first day, I preferred the saved screwcap bottle. (I usually don’t drink a whole bottle in one night, and save the extra in a screwcap bottle, filling it up to the top and capping it when I open the original bottle.) The flavors had become more accessible and integrated with the acid and earthy tannin, and the texture had become more fleshy.
This wine is now gone from the Richmond store, and I think there wasn’t that much of it available in the first place. I apologize for lately reviewing only wines that aren’t around now, but the number of new, interesting-looking items has been pretty low lately.