Greg scored this wine: 90/100
Awesome, puissant, and well priced Primitivo. This one is from Puglia (the heel of the Italy boot), in Manduria.
It is a marvelous paradox that Zinfandel can tip the scales in alcohol and still remain so well balanced. This one clocks in at 14 (might be higher than the label claims), but it is still balanced. Lots of plum, olive, raisin, vanilla, and smoke.
Pretty incredible tannin too, but ripe tannins that actually compliment the flavours well.
On the palate, it is full and inviting. It would be a stupendous wine for barbecue, but only if you like your wines as hefty as this.
It is at such a nice pricepoint it would be worth tucking a few away. It will age pretty well for at least five to seven years.
Manduria is found in Teranto, which is likely a combination of Terra dOtranto (you will know if you really like olives). This was the area Horace Walpole chose for his seminal Gothic Horror, The Castle of Otranto.