Updated: Dec 1, 2019
I was born and I have spent most of my happiest moments in the homeland of Primitivo, which is Puglia. So when I come in London back in 2011 and I saw this bottle of Zinfandel (Primitivo’s brother) in Waitrose, I bought it without thinking twice and with the usual haughtiness characterizing people from the villages. Well, it has been love at the first sip. This nectar comes from Lodi, in the middle of Central Valley, on the east side of Sacramento Delta. Cheers!
In the glass, the wine has a ruby colour. The intensity is medium. It is clear with no traces of deposits.
The aromas are pronounced. You can smell a little violet, but then the power of the black fruits explodes. This nectar is a blaze of blackcurrant, blackberry, black plum, black cherry, fig, prune, sultana, raisin, jamminess and stewed fruits. I can smell also an olive pate. Please forgive me Taliban of the wine tasting! On the secondary aromas, you can find the cedar, charred wood, coffee, cloves, vanilla and a bit of nutmeg. As tertiaries, there are cooked blackberry, game and meaty.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity. The tannins are medium plus. The alcohol is high (i.e. 14.5%) but it doesn’t burn at all. I think the wine is full body with pronounced flavour intensity and a long finish.
On the palate, we find all the aromas already evident to the nose.
After so many years from the first sip, this is still one of my favourite nectar. Probably one of the best value for money you can find on this planet. It is balanced, long lasting, with a pronounced intensity and quite complex. Sure it is a wine that we can define as piacione. It is pure delight. Probably it won’t make you dream as more austere and noble wines do, probably you won’t miss it, but once you’ll drink, it you will keep pouring your glass with a big smile!