2019 Indigenous Primitivo Salento IGT
Aromas of stewed-plum jam, dried herbs and tomato leaf. Full bodied, chewy tannins rounded by dark fruits and subtle herbal notes on the palate.
This is a dark, ruby-red wine with a thin clear edge. Its fruity, slightly perfumed aroma offers a blend of dried cherries and fresh, tart blackberries with a spicy back note. Produced in stainless steel with no hint of oak, it offers good cherry-berry fruit in a firm acidic flavor structure with soft but persistent tannin working on your lips and tongue and perceptible but not hot 14% alcohol. You can pick up a hint of the Zinfandel connection in that ripe berry fruit, but it’s much more earthy and rustic than its California sibling.
This rich, fruity Primitivo would be a natural with red meat, game, or darker poultry like duck or, kangaroo. As noted above, it’s also a surprisingly good match with hot-and-spicy fare. And its deep intensity makes it one of those rare wines that pairs with dark, bittersweet chocolate.