Originating from Puglia – the ‘heel’ of Italy – Primitivo is possibly mine and Mr Husband’s favourite “affordable” Italian red. We’ll often order it at an Italian restaurant as a reliable option rather than risk paying twice as much for something that we then realise is full of tannins and in desperate need of a few years more maturity.
So what’s so nice about Primitivo? Well it’s easy drinking but quite full bodied and usually full of juicy black and red fruit lightened by smudges of vanilla and coffee. And pretty high in alcohol owing to the relatively high residual sugars. This one from Majestic is no exception with a whiff of blackcurrant and herbs on the nose. Give it a swirl and you can smell plums and spice. In the mouth, it’s quite full on – baked fruit, maybe a hint of figs – but complemented by some robust tannins that stop it from being too over powering. Give it some stodge: it works well with something like Pearl Barley Risotto with Shiitake Mushrooms & Butternut Squash.
At a glance:
- Style? Full bodied red wine
- Where is it from? Puglia, Italy
- What’s the grape? Primitivo
- Tastes of? Black currant, dried fruit and vanilla on the finish
- What should I eat with it? It’s a good winter wine: pasta, grains and casseroles