Primitivo and Zinfandel varietals are very similar, but the resulting wine can be quite different. Our StoneTree Primitivo is easier to ripen than our Zinfandel. The site is warmer and more consistent, and the clusters are smaller and less compact (due to the clone varietal and the soil); because they are more open, they are less sensitive to mold. This said, Primitivo is still prone to uneven ripening and rot, and we find it is one of the hardest grapes to ripen and ferment. 2014 Was dry and warmer than average, resulting in the earliest harvest ever at Forgeron.
StoneTree Vineyard boasts one of the hottest, driest climates in Washington, receiving less than 6” of annual rainfall. Soils are sandy and shallow, over a layer of Missoula Flood river rock; along with the westerly wind, this causes the root systems to work hard and naturally decreases vine vigor, intensifying fruit and varietal characteristics.
The Primitivo was quite rustic in 2014 and we blended in 8% Zinfandel to mellow it out a bit.
Full-bodied, creamy, toasty, and spicy with a long finish.
NOSE: pepper, licorice, blackberry
MOUTH: anise, caramel
FOOD & WINE PAIRING: spicy sausage pizza, eggplant parmesan