Wine of the Week: Cantele Primitivo (2009) (Puglia, Italy)
I sometimes hear customers say that they like a fruit driven wine but Zinfandel is too fruity and intense for their palate. If you feel this way too, the good news is that you don’t have to give up on the fruity lusciousness of Zinfandel. Instead, try an Italian Zinfandel…called “Primitivo”…which has the nice dark fruit taste of a Zin but in a more balanced and sophisticated presentation. Primitivo comes from the Latin “primativus” meaning “first to ripen”. Indeed, the Primitivo grape ripens earlier in the in the Italian wine season than its California counterpart.
Cantele Primitivo (2009) is from the Puglia region of Italy. The wine has gentle fruit and mineral aromas. The typical Zin flavors of cherries, plums and raisins are there but in a nice subtle offering. The wine is full bodied but surprisingly smooth and easy to drink. It’s a great wine to enjoy by itself or to pair with grilled Pork Tenderloin or gormet flat breads. Cantele Primitivo (2009) is a terrific wine that will make a Zin lover out of anyone!
- Val, Wine Consultant