2013 was a very warm growing season in Washington State. May and June saw large fluctuations from record high temps to downright cool. There was three times the average rainfall in June. Summer was consistently hot, but things took a sudden turn in mid-September and we had a near-perfect finish to the growing season with a big increase in flavors and overall concentration as the nights started getting cool.
Primitivo is a dark-skinned grape with smaller clusters and thicker skins. Primitivo grapes grow more uniformly than their close cousin Zinfandel. The name "Primitivo" derives from the term "primitivus" which refers to the grape's tendency to ripen earlier than other varieties. By ripening early, the grapes require significantly less hang time and vine management.
The taste of the wine depends on the ripeness of the grapes and different flavors emerge from warm sites than cooler sites. Cooler sites tend to produce wines with red berry flavors like raspberry. Warmer sites, like our Forgeron Primitivo which comes from StoneTree Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope, tend to have flavors of dark fruit and spice.
Dark, spicy and rustic. This wine is rich with soft tannins on the mid-palate.
NOSE: anise (fennel, licorice), lilac, licorice, allspice, plum, prune
MOUTH: brown sugar, chai spice, chocolate, cardamom, shortbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, spice stick, dark cherry, earth, plum jam
FOOD & WINE PAIRING: charcuterie or prosciutto