Browse by Grape - Zinfandel/Primitivo
The red grape Californian winemakers like to call their own. It is in fact Primitivo (from the southern Italian region of Puglia), and can occasionally be almost identical to its Italian twin. Good Zinfandel should be dark (forget that pink stuff you see in supermarkets), richly flavoured with layers of blackberry and bramble fruit, chocolate and spice, with a curiously sweet twist on the finish. The original red version is still very popular and the best examples are highly sought after. Sadly it is the popularity of the pink version that dictates the enormous amount of acreage devoted to its plantings. Changes made over generations of wine producers have however, left the Primitivo grape entirely unique. The grapes are grown on very steep hills, which are dotted with caves, and the variation in temperature between the day and night is quite dramatic. The name does not derive from it being ‘primitive’, but from the fact it is ‘primaticcio’ i.e. one of the first grapes to harvest each year. It was originally used as a blending wine with lighter varieties from the north but now stands up on its own as a wine of exceptional standard.
Zensa PRIMITIVO 2019
Italy :: Puglia
Body: d - Medium to Full
Ready to drink
Intense ruby-red colour, with a complex bouquet, reminiscent of cherries, dried berries and toasted almonds. In the mouth it is full-bodied yet smooth and elegant with a silky texture. The finish is long and lingering, with a burst of spiced cherries and bright fruit and earthiness at the end.
Shop Price: £11.99
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Masseria Borgo dei Trulli PRIMITIVO 2017
Italy :: Puglia :: Salento
Body: e - Full
Ready to drink
This Primitivo displays aromas of dried fruit, exotic spices, white pepper and chocolate. The mouth feel is round and intense with layers upon layers of soft elegant tannins, vanilla, prunes, coffee and underbrush. The finish is elegant and persistent and extremely well balanced. Served with game, meat dishes and hard cheeses.
Shop Price: £15.99
OFFER - Wente BEYER RANCH ZINFANDEL 2016
USA :: California :: Livermore Valley
Body: e - Full
Drink now, but will keep
Sourced from three estate vineyards in the Livermore valley which are planted on sloping benchs to produce luscious wines with deep richness. Each vineyard is picked ripe to accentuate the deep jammy fruit flavours, yet the alcohol remains balanced. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, blackberry, spice and black pepper. With a firm tannic backbone and ripe chewy finish.
Shop Price: £13.59
McManis Family Vineyards ZINFANDEL 2017
Body: c - Medium
The McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel has a bright hue and is deep purple in colour. The scent of Black Raspberry and Strawberry proliferate in the nose. Background notes of caramelised sugar and vanilla are also present. Rich, soft and creamy, in the mouth, the fruit sensation promised by the nose is delivered upon in the mouth. Berry flavours and hints of vanilla linger long after the wine is swallowed.
Shop Price: £13.99