2010 Antica Masseria di Sigillo Primitivo di Manduria

SKU #1087112

From the importer: "This winery produces wine only from small hand crafted vineyards owned by four young up-and-coming winemakers in Apulia. The total production of the property is less than 6,000 cases; therefore great attention is given to each wine. This red offers a pleasant, full and balanced flavor that tends to become velvety with aging. It has a very fruity, raspberry-like aroma and flavor and a "jammy" quality. Quite peppery at the end."

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 By: Kyle Hailey |  Review Date: 6/21/2012 
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I had a Puglia Primitivo (maybe Luccarelli) at Delfina that was quite delicate if not a bit tight on it's own but was absolutely lovely with their pizzas. I never would have guess it was related to Zinfandel.
I'm not a big fan of Zinfandel but after the above experience I thought maybe Italians do it different and that I'd try another one. This one is much more Zin like, sweet, thick than the Delfina experience though a lighter touch than most of the American ones I've had. Nothing new though really verses and American one. Giving it a 4 star since it's a good Zin but not the experience I was looking for

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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