2014 Casa Smith "Porcospino-Northridge Vineyard" Wahluke Slope Primitivo
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another beauty is the 2014 Wahluke Slope Primitivo, which comes all from the Northridge Vineyard. It offers a complex, brambly, spice, licorice and sweetly-fruited feel, as well as medium-bodied richness, excellent freshness and a great finish. Drink this beauty anytime over the coming 5-6 years. The Casa Smith brand is reserved for the Italian themed wines from Charles Smith.
Bright medium red. Cherry, blackberry and menthol on the nose, which is ripe but not at all pruney. Juicy, spicy red fruit flavors are nicely lifted by savory herbs and mint. In a polite style but with good intensity. These eminently food-friendly Italian varietal bottlings from Charles Smith hardly taste like wines from the desert. (ST)
Known as Primitivo in Italy and Zinfandel in the United States, this single vineyard bottling is from Charles Smith's Casa Smith label under which he bottles Italian varietals. The grapes were given a whole-cluster fermentation before the wine was aged in French oak (35% new). Charles Smith describes it as: "Rich, dark, unctuous. Briar berry, explosive, ripe and restrained."