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Amastuola Primitivo 2015 Wine Review

Amastuola Primitivo 2015

Amastuola Primitivo 2015

Puglia I.G.P., Italy

Community Score:89/100

Community Reviews: 5

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Price: $15.95

Drink: 2019-2023

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Organic wine

Winery: Amastuola

Agent: Majestic Wine Cellars

Natalie's Score: 91/100

A robust Puglian red wine, earthy with dark berry, underbrush and cedar spice aromas on the nose. Dry, zesty and spicy on the palate with black cherry compote, prune, fresh red berry and vanilla flavours. Produced from organically-grown Primitivo wines grapes. Tannins are firm and there is good acidity for food. Pair with herbed roast chicken.

Primitivo food pairings: hearty stews, sausage cassoulet, gourmet burgers.

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This Amastuola Primitivo 2015 was reviewed on August 16, 2019 by Natalie MacLean

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Carolyn Hetke rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Field berry confiture on the nose- in a good way offset by hints of warm hay. Raspberry fruit on the palate. Smooth with very fine tannins. Nicely balanced and structured. Very pleasant pour. Would pair with pizza to eggplant parmigiana. Excellent value. Tasted July 2019. www.thewineloverskitchen.com
Greg Hughes rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

If you are looking for a quality BBQ wine to stock up on, then this one is for you.
Varietally correct Primitivo should have lots of ripeness and a baked spice/prune/raisin ruminating dimension, like its Cali biotype. Yes, it is also called Zin or Tribidrag, or Crljenak. It ahould also have tons of tannin - something mass marketed Zinfandels lack that Primitivos seem to have a better handle on.
You get that with this wine.
It is a decently dark colour. Garnet and ruby with a dark core. It has intense aromas of espresso, licorice, cherry, raoson, chocolate, mulch, and some floral notes. The roastiness foreshadows some good tannic structure.
The body is pretty darn big and firm. Nice lipsmacking bitterness and spice on the entry. There are some red and black fruit. Plum, berry, prune, and an appleskin / cocoa tannic quality.
It needs a good decant to ease off a bit and to open up some of the more subtle fruit flavours.
It couod also keep for a few years, if you were lokking for well priced short term cellar wines.
Molasses ribs would be ideal with this wine.
Daniel O'Keefe rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

A medley of ripe and jammy red fruit and dark fruit, mainly cherry and plum. Palate and finish transition to more jammy, baked, and dried fruit. Mild dried herbs and smoke in the mix. Good acidity, made for the dinner table. Quite approachable and easy-drinking with good value. Pair with pasta, lasagna, anything with a good red sauce.
Amastuola 2015 Primitivo is excellent value under $16. From the Puglia wine region, the Primitivo is deep ruby in the glass, fragrant with black cherry, stewed red berry jam and prune compote. Dry, medium-plus-bodied and rich on the palate with more sweet berry and plum fruit, tanned leather, dark chocolate and vanilla spice flavours. Finishing long with mouth-watering acidity. Tannins are firm. Pair with a roast goose. - Community Wine Reviews

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