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Primitivo: four recommended wines

Written by Veronica Lavenia

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Between history and legend it is said that Don Francesco Filippo Indellicati, a religious from Gioia del Colle (Bari), passionate about botany, at the end of the eighteenth century, identified the grape symbol of his idea of viticultural renewal. A vine that bore fruit early, the first to ripen. Hence the name Primitivo. Other studies seem to establish that the origin of the vine is, however, very ancient, dating back to the people of the Illyrians, settled in the western part of the Balkans.

This Apulian vine originates in the Murge, on calcareous and clayey soils and ripens at the end of August. An early ripening that does not prevent sugars from increasing their concentration. And it is precisely the alcohol content, the characteristic of wines obtained with Primitivo grape (minimum alcohol content of 14 degrees for the dry Primitivo di Manduria DOC; 16 degrees for the Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale DOCG and, even, 18 degrees for the Primitivo di Manduria Liqueur DOCG).

As established by the disciplinary, the vinification of Primitivo di Manduria can vary according to the DOC to which it belongs. Gioia del Colle must be vinified in purity (only primitive grapes grown in the DOC area), while in Manduria the use of other grapes is allowed. The first will be a leaner and finer wine, the other more opulent and powerful.

Primitivo 2020 - La Rosa del Golfo

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Primitivo 2020, from the La Rosa del Golfo winery, is 90% Primitivo. Appreciated for its “harmonious sip , well balanced in its components and for its structure, with a well-smoothed tannic texture, which gives a fairly persistent aftertaste of ripe fruit accompanied by a nuance of sweet spices”. For the full review click here.

Jèma 2021 - L'Astore Masseria

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Jèma Primitivo 2019 from the Astore Masseria, 100% Primitivo, offers a velvety sip “thanks to a silky and well-smoothed tannin. On the palate it expresses a good aftertaste of ripe fruit with a delicate, fairly persistent balsamic note”. For the full review click here.

Patitari 2016 - Cantina Coppola 1489

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Patitari 2016 by Cantina Coppola 1489, 100% Primitivo, offers a wide range of aromas, very intense and of fine quality. Floral hints reminiscent of a potpourri of red flowers, followed by hints of dark berry fruits with a delicate note of strawberry. Notes of spices close to the finish reminiscent of cinnamon and cardamom”. For the full review click here.

Metiusco 2021 - Palama

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Finally, Metiusco 2021 by Palamà, 25% Primitivo, was positively reviewed for its “well-smoothed, elegant and fine tannic texture and persistent finish that leaves a pleasant aftertaste of cocoa and Mediterranean scrub”. For the full recipe click here.

About the author

Veronica Lavenia

Writer, book author and magazine contributor, some of her works have appeared in the most popular International magazines.
Digital Content Manager and Communication Manager at "The Wolf Post", since the birth of the platform.

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