Grape Variety: Primitivo (Zinfandel).
Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Puglia, Italy.
Price: $9.99 (with a 30% mixed 6-pack discount)
Purchased From: Ralph’s Grocery Store; Agoura Hills, California.
Paired With: Meatballs, mashed potatoes with Madeira gravy and corn.
Note: This year while in California we are reviewing a substantial number of wines sold in grocery stores. This review is one of them. To see all of our grocery store wine reviews look under the keyword “Grocery Store Wines”.
Opened one hour before drinking. Opaque, very dark ruby color and a light reddish rim. Slightly musty dark fruit aromas (that gave us the impression a good Primitivo was to follow). Sweet, silky smooth and slightly dusty mouthfeel, 400-grit texture and a medium body. Very fruit forward with sweet cherry and blackberry jam flavors. Flabby acidity, just a tiny hint of round tannins and a short syrupy sweet finish. WOW, not like any primitivo we’ve ever had. It had none of the intense flavors or mouth-puckering tannins that we expected. We found it “drinkable “ with the dinner, but disgustingly sweet sipping without food. Clearly this was not our cup of tea and we called it simply a disappointing inexpensive grocery store wine
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Closure: Screw cap.
UPC Code: 8 96599 00200 2
Imported by: Vintage Wine Estates; Santa Rosa, California.