Tenuta del Barco Palmento Salento IGT – Primativo (Zinfandel) – 2004

This Italian varietal hailing all the way from Italy was a gift from a friend. Phoar, I reckon I’m a pretty good friend. 😉

It seems that the Italian varietal Primativo is also known as Zinfandel (which seems to be somewhat popular in California) the colour is fairly deep purple with somewhat brownish tinges/hues – I can’t seem to pin the nose down on this one – its very obvious with its alcohol content, but some degree of asphalt-iness , I’ll have to leave it at that. However, where this wine shines is on the palate – decant this one!!! initially with no air time its almost somewhat vinegary, but after a few hours oodles of dried stone fruit pops out onto the palate, followed up with some very long lasting, nicely integrated tannins. This is a very pleasant wine to drink – drink w/ a somewhat spicy (pepperoni) pasta.

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