Passitivo Primitivo, Puglia, Italy.

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100% Primitivo (aka Zinfandel)



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I actually learnt that the winemaker behind the Passitivo had used the “il giro del picciolo” process (described in the Facts section) after I had finished the wine. I find this interesting, as I really did sense an “Amarone-esque” quality before I even knew it had one applied during winemaking.

Ripe dark cherries, intense plum, a healthy amount of dried fruit and some earth and leaves. The wine spends a short time in oak, which is moderately apparent, but doesn’t overwhelm; instead adding a hint of nutmeg and spice. Simple and straight-forward. Medium in body and dry on the finish.

For a $12 a bottle and as a “get home from work, kick off your shoes, crack open a bottle and sit down and watch TV” kind-of-wine, it did the job just great!


Keep it Italian and you should be fine! Red sauce pasta, aged hard cheese, pizza, nuts, sausage, game, roasted red meats in every form (dependent on the sauce of course), and grilled zucchini and eggplant.




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