Primitivo
FORGERON SOCIÉTÉ

2014 Primitivo

STONETREE VINEYARD
WAHLUKE SLOPE

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.

$35 ($29.75)
CELLAR NOTES
  • Alcohol 15.5 % by volume
  • Aged 18 months
  • pH 3.72
  • TA .62
  • Barrel Program 50% new American oak, 50% neutral French oak
  • Harvested Date September 2014
  • Bottled Date May 2016
  • Released Date February 2017
  • Production 145 cases

In the vineyard

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.

Appellation Wahluke Slope
Vineyard StoneTree Vineyard

In the cellar

The Primitivo was quite rustic in 2014 and we blended in 8% Zinfandel to mellow it out a bit.

Varietal 92% PRIMITIVO, 8% ZINFANDEL

In the glass

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

Vintage

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