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12 E Mezzo Primitivo Del Salento 2017 750ml

Rated 87 - Fresh and fruity red with cherry, candied-watermelon and citrus aromas and flavors. Medium to light body. Simple finish. Drink now.
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Cantele Primitivo 2016 750ml

Rated 88 - Medium bright red with a garnet rim. Ripe red cherry in typical Primitivo style but also hints of hibiscus tea and sweet spices. Then...
88WA
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Castello Monaci Artas Salento Igt 2016 750ml

Rated 90 - Here's a contemporary and stylized wine to pair with a thick lamb or goat stew. The hearty Castello Monaci 2016 Primitivo Artas is bold...
90WA
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Feudi Di San Marzano Primitivo Di Manduria Riserva Anniversario 62 2015 750ml

Rated 91 - Vanilla-kissed potpourri dances out of the glass, where on the palate the spice recedes and bold black fruits come to the fore. Roasted...
91UBC
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Feudi Di San Marzano Primitivo Di Manduria Sessantanni Old Vines 2016 750ml

Deep, ruby red. Complexity of scents that emphasize dried fruit and almonds with a hint of anise. Extremely rich flavors, long smooth finish and...
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Primitivo

As with many European grape varietals, there is some debate regarding the precise origins of the Primitivo grape. Most people now agree that it probably came from Croatia, where it is still used widely in the production of red wine, and it known as Tribidrag. However, today it is a grape most commonly associated with the powerful red wines of Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot, where the intense sunshine and brisk Mediterranean breezes produce grapes of remarkable character and balance. Primitivo is a dark grape, known for producing intense, inky, highly tannic wines, most notably the naturally sweet Dolce Naturale and the heavy and complex Primitivo di Manduria wines. Primitivo tends to be naturally very high in both tannin and alcohol, making it ideal for both barrel and cellar ageing, which brings out its more rounded and interesting features.

Primitivo is not the easiest grape to grow or manage, and it has had something of a difficult century. Indeed, by the 1990s, there was little interest in Puglian wines in general, and winemakers were neglecting their Primitivo vineyards and looking to other, more commercially viable varietals. However, the last decade has seen this grape come well and truly back into fashion, with new techniques and a heightened interest in native Italian grape varietals bringing Primitivo back into the spotlight. It is now widely loved for its intensity and ability to be paired with strongly flavored foods.