If you don’t know Primitivo, this is the perfect place to start. One of the star varietals of Southern Italy in the Puglia region, Primitivo di Manduria is just what we call Zinfandel here in the states. It’s only grown in Puglia where it thrives, and earned its name of primitivo because it ripens early (like tempranillo).
The wines are often dry, dark and juicy and that’s exactly what you have in today’s wine – but it’s one of the finest examples I’ve had from the region. It’s inky, with a full body of dark fruit bursting from the seams and held together with bold, chewy tannins. There’s a whole lot to like here, and I can see why Maroni called this one, “somewhere between excellent and exceptional”.
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95 Points, Luca Maroni
Another series of wines (from Borgo del Mandorlo) of excellent value that illustrates Italy to the world of winemaking. Wines which, given the very high levels of consistency, balance and taste-aromatic integrity presented, reflect the goodness of the agronomic and oenological applications of which they are such auspicious fruit. Reds with consistency and softness that I find between the excellent and the exceptional, with oxidative and olfactory integrity such that the purplish fruit shines with concentration and pure in aromas. A truly impressive series of wines amongst the best in Italy. Wine dominated by blackberry jam with crystalline shimmers of spice of the superfine persuasive oak. Hats off. (Translated from the original Italian)
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