Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Luccarelli Primitvo 2003 wine review by (PB)

This wine from Puglia Italy is the genetic “father” of California’s Zinfandel. Benedictine monks named the grape “primitivo” because of its tendency toward early maturity. Puglia is warm and sunny so this grape is generally very fruity and kind of “in your face” juicy yet is unlike California Zinfandel. It shows clearly how different regions and styles of wine making can greatly affect the same grape. Probably more than you want to know so—
This wine is “guess what?” in your face and bold and full of blackberry and plum fruit with a nice garnet color with a purple touch.

In the mouth this wine is heavy with solid flavors and a touch of smoke. With a few minutes of air, it gives just more ripe fruit aromas and rich berry fruit. For $9, this is a nice wine and different enough to enjoy now and again. Raise a glass!

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