Synopsis, Our Opinion: It’s EXQUISITE Primitivo.
Producer/Winery: Azienda Agricola Morella; Manduria, Italy
Grape Variety: Primitivo (Zinfandel).
Geographic Appellation: Puglia, Italy.
Price: $46.80 (with a 10% mixed case discount)
Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Paired With: BBQ pork, roasted potatoes and steamed broccoli.
He said: Opened and decanted one hour before drinking. Purple/garnet color with a purple rim. Earthy, fruity aromas with hints of lilac blossoms. Very smooth, gobs of acidity and medium to heavy body. Quite intense blackberry, plum and current flavors with lots of tartness and long finish that exudes supple tannins, fresh acidity, mouthwatering ripe fruit flavors and perfect balance. I’m trying to compare this wine to other Primitivo and California Zinfandel we’ve had in this price range…this has to be in the top few. With that in mind all I can say is…it’s EXQUISITE Primitivo (Zinfandel) and gets my “without reservation” recommendation!!!. Watch for a post in the near future where we do a side-by-side tasting of this wine, the Morella Old Vines Primitivo and a Turley Zinfandel.
She said: Slightly opaque, dark ruby red color with many thin, evenly spaced, steadily moving legs. Somewhat strong spicy and ripe juicy fruit aroma introduces a mouth full of tastes that are dry and smooth. Plum flavors blossom in the mouth and pass into a long finish. This wine had all the good qualities of a traditional Zinfandel without any of its flaws. The wonderful soft tannins were well integrated and enhanced the finish. The wine complemented the pork and potatoes but was also delicious sipping alone. Way too pricey to be a bargain wine, but it was a real treat with its very refined character.
See also our review of Morella Primitivo Malbek 2014.
Alcohol Content: 15%
UPC Code: 024606 36877 2
Imported by: Piedmont Wine Imports; Durham, North Carolina.