Despite delayed ripening due to an unusually cool 2011 Spring and Summer, late Fall was nearly optimal. Warm, dry days allowed prolonged hang time, produced balanced, elegant wines with lower alcohol and higher acidity.
Primitivo is a lesser-known varietal closely related to the Zinfandel grape, but the wines they produce have very distinct differences. The fruit character is less jammy and the structure is similar to Old World wines, with rustic notes of earth and spice as well as tamed fruit flavors.
Incredible balance of big, dark flavors with ripe black fruit and delicious spice.
NOSE: dark cherries, pomegranate, orange zest, black pepper, hints of anise-infused blackberries
MOUTH: braised figs, dark plums, hints of cocoa, dark spices, subtle cigar box
FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Primitivo-braised short ribs and rosemary mashed potatoes, grilled drumsticks with plum sauce and roasted bass with fennel, tomatoes and olives