2011 Anarkos Primitivo Puglia

SKU #1111741

Anarkos is a label from the Accademia dei Racemi in Puglia. Primitivo, of course, is the Italian name for Zinfandel, and this bottling presents an excellent opportunity to sample this varietal from its Mediterranean home. Anarkos includes fruit from vineyards that are more than 50 years old, and it is made with a reverence for the history of the region and the farmers that tend the old vineyards.

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Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/29/2012 | Send Email
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Love Zinfandel? Looking for delicious, totally affordable drinkability AND low alcohol? Then the Anarkos Primitivo is your new favorite! Gorgeous black berry, cassis, and spice with medium acid and soft tannin. This wine completely surprised me when I took a bottle home recently! The low 13% alcohol (really!!) means this wine has all the beautiful fruit that I love in Zinfandel- here as Primitivo- without heat and sappiness. YAAAAAY! My new house red!
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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.