Opaque ruby. Smoked meat, dried cherry, cracked pepper, and cassis on the deeply scented nose. Medium to full-bodied with berry cobbler flavors showing a liqueur-like intensity with an anise note coming up with air. The smoke and cassis notes carry through on the finish, which features dusty tannins. A wine of real intensity and concentration given the price point. This is the fifth vintage that the Primitivo hails from a vineyard in the Puglian heel dividing the Adriatic & Ionian seas. Here the proximity to the sea is everything with the winds acting as an air conditioner maintaining cooler afternoon highs than areas to the north. The area is primarily planted to Negroamaro but because of the extremely poor fertility in the soil select rows of Primitivo ripen well here, though yields are quite small. Like most of Italy, the ‘heel’ got blasted with heat. That said a mild spring promoted an early budding seemed to be a good thing but a nasty frost wreaked havoc reducing yields by 30-40%. A few months later mother nature reared her head again with a relenting furnace blast for much of the latter part of the summer.
Primitivo, Lilith, Salento Igp, Poggio Anima, 2018 Italy, Puglia