Paololeo (Italy) 2018 Passo Del Cardinale Primitivo Di Manduria DOC
Primitivo grapes ripen very early, which explains its name. Interestingly, just 20 days after the harvest, Primitivo vines produce new grapes, traditionally called "second harvest"; these younger bunches are used by the winemaker to increase the freshness and acidity of these bold wines, given as a result a perfectly well-balanced red wine
Grapes for this wine s are sourced from Taranto, southeast Puglia
Vines, 40 years-old traditional puglian bush vine
The grapes are destemmed and fermented at a controlled temperature of 25 °C for 8-10days. A maceration on the skins follows, during 15-18 days, to improve the delicate extraction of tannin sand flavors. The wines then spends 3 months in American oak barrels and 6 months in stainless-steel tanks
Deep ruby color; pronounced bouquet of black berries, mainly cassis and black currant, with notes of licorice and coconut; full-bodied and balanced, with velvety tannins and a perfect acidity; lingering finish of forest fruits and spices jam.
If you like Cali Zinfandel then Primitivo is for you. Made from the same grapes, Primitivo is what the Italian call it!