Happy Wine Wednesday! It’s a short week for many of us celebrating Independence Day in the United States so let’s enjoy some wine! This Italian Primitivo is a little sweet, smoky and spicy. Have a taste, won’t you?
Hailing from the Puglia region seated in the “heel of the boot” in Italy, the Primitivo grape is a very close sibling, according to DNA, to the Zinfandel grape from California. Grown in a hot and flat climate right along with the region’s major export, olives, Primitivo is just starting to gain notoriety; Just fifteen years ago it was mostly exported to be used in vermouth!
This ruby-red colored Primitivo is both sweet and smoky with notes of honey and tobacco on the nose. It is dry and medium bodied with a harmonious and fruity blend of baking spices and cherry. This is a well rounded and smooth wine that is parallel to Zinfandel but doesn’t have that same big, bold kick like most California Zins. It is made of 90% Primitivo and 10% Negroamano grapes.
Naturally, this would pair nicely with tomato and pasta dishes as well as caprese salad and pizza. Moderately priced around $15, this is one to try. Enjoy!