“Primitivo, a relative of the Plavac Mali grape in Croatia and of Zinfandel in the United States, is an earlyripening variety, and its center of production is around Taranto, a coastal town located on the Ionian Sea.
The principal appellation is Primitivo di Manduria DOC, whose sandier soils and sun-baked vineyards produce fruit-forward versions. Produttori Vini Manduria, a cooperative with 400 members, leads this report with a supple yet ripe version sourced from 20- to 50-year-old vines and aged in oak barrels for three months. …” (Wine Spectator 2011- Nathan Wesley)
PRODUTTORI VINI MANDURIA Primitivo di Manduria Lirica 2007 Score: 90 | $12
Smooth and supple, showing nice density to its ripe, spicy blackberry and raspberry fruit, which remains fresh through to the tarry finish. Drink now. 500 cases imported. —B.S.