Brief Wine Note – 2006 Feudi di San Marzano “Sessantanni” Primitivo di Manduria

16 Jul

Served blind during our weekly wine lunch – had been opened for 24 hours with VacuVin seal.

An old vine Primitivo from the San Marzano area of Puglia.

Saturated black purple and opaque in the glass.  Huge primary nose of  black and blue fruits, sweet tobacco, smoke, and vanilla.  On the palate the wine is stunning (almost literally) as it is just so over-the-top as to mask any signs of country of origin or varietal.  That said, if you are a fan of the ultraripe New World Cabernets, Merlots, etc., then this wine is right up your alley.  Mouth-filling blackberry, blueberry, and cherry flavors with some peppery spice, good amount of tannic grip, but perhaps a bit low on acidity (which may be perceived to add to the hedonistic quality of the wine).

Stylistically similar to Caymus, Shafer Hillside, and ealier vintages of Pride.  If  Bob Foley went to Italy and made an old vine Primitivo, this wine would likely be a twin to that result.

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