primitivo puglia - igt


There's Zinfandel, and then there's Primitivo. Actually, that's kind of misleading, since Zinfandel and Primitivo are, genetically speaking, the same grape. That's right, not merely kissing cousins, these two grapes (along with a third that's found mostly in Croatia) are identical twins, and you know what that means. That's right, if this were a crime thriller, or an episode of any one of the myriad Law & Orders, they could frame each other for murder.

Grifone Primitivo comes to us from from vineyards in the Puglia region (geographically, in the boot's heel), Zinfandel's ancestral home. Grapes are handpicked at their peak and crafted into a deep, inky red wine with concentrated aromas of red berries and licorice. Not quite as spicy as American Zinfandels, this Primitivo is full-bodied, warm & fruity, with strong, lingering tannins. It's a wine that’s meant to be enjoyed now—we suggest enjoying it with rich cheeses.