2014 Antica Masseria di Sigillo Primitivo di Manduria

SKU #1296597 90 points Wine Spectator

 There's a rich, mouthfilling quality to this medium-bodied red, offering a velvety mix of spiced cherry, mulberry and herbed olive, with accents of mocha and graphite. Plush tannins show on the juicy finish. Drink now through 2021. *Top 100 of 2016, Smart Buys* (AN)  (12/2016)

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Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2017 | Send Email
The region of Manduria is known for it's hot and dry weather which creates juicy and opulent primitivos. The regional influence mixed with the slightly cooler growing season in 2014 gives this juicy wine more balance and subtlety than expected. The Antica Masseria vineyards are planted on limestone and clay, unusual for the area, which adds complexity and minerality to the softly structured wine. Full of bold purple fruit flavors with the decadence we come love in primitivos and the more balanced acidity mixes together for an integrated and approachable glass of wine.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2017 | Send Email
Primitivo from Manduria is usually too sweet for me, lacks a bit of acidity and can often be flabby but this wine is Rockin! The nose of this wine is stunningly complex, a vibrant blend of spice, fruit and earth that booms from your glass. On the palate the wine has structure, tannin and acidity that combine with the wine’s richness to give a really focused, long and dynamic palate feel. The flavors are incredible, spiced fruit compote, leather, with enough richness to give one the impression of weight and density but with lift in the finish. Try this beauty with braised or stewed meats and aged cheeses.
Drink from 2017 to 2024

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/27/2017 | Send Email
We receive numerous requests for Primitivo but in our attempt to source excellent, value priced ones the options have been few. Thankfully the 2014 Antica Masseria not only delivers but offers a California style ripeness combined with rich baked fruit flavors. It's a concentrated blend of sun soaked black cherry and mulberry flavors with additional hints of mocha throughout. This one's for those who love big, mouth-filling Zins and riper style fruit-driven wines. Fire up the grill and bring on the BBQ.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/27/2017 | Send Email
Reminiscent of a classic Amador county zinfandel, which is appropriate as Primitivo is the progenitor to our California zinfandels, this wine evokes deep berry flavors, roasted figs and Medjool dates on the palate with hints of brushy herbs and savory spices. The Italian sensibility shows through with nice acidity keeping the wine focused and on point. I can think of nothing better than a little osso bucco to go with this juicy hearty red.

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Varietal:

Zinfandel

- 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.
Country:

Italy

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Puglia