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Morella Old Vines Primitivo 2013

Synopsis, Our Opinion: We love Zinfandel wine and this was a special treat

Producer/Winery: Lisa Gilbee; Azienda Agricola Morella; Mandurla, Italy.

Grape Variety: Primitovo (Zinfandel).

Geographic Appellation: Salento Primitivo; Puglia, Italy.

Vintage: 2013

Price: $42.30 (with a 10% mixed case discount).

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Pig pickin pork, baked beans and string beans.

Tasting:

    He said: Opened and decanted for one hour. Clear, dark garnet with a light purple rim. Smoky cherry aroma. Silky smooth very light entry, slightly peppery, cherry, current and a touch of blackberry taste. A long finish with firm tannins and tart fruit flavors. A FANTASTIC Zinfandel without the muscular fruit and heaviness of the California sunshine. It was expressive, eloquent, complex, perfected and velvety…not the usual terms used to describe a Zinfandel wine!!! This is a wine every Zinfandel lover “must” drink. Outstanding paired with the BBQ pork, OUTSTANDING drinking alone after the meal and OUTSTANDING with dark Chocolate…and that says it all. We love Zinfandel wine and this was a special treat…and the best part is we have already bought more!!!

    She said: Opaque, dark ruby red color with well spaced rapidly moving legs. I love Zinfandel’s and have had many wonderful bottles, but I have to admit in this case the Italians have lifted Zinfandel to a whole new level. Granted the nose was not powerful, but the flavors and the mouth feel were very special. With a dark cherry flavor that was not overpowering the wine contained a smoothness that’s incomparable with domestic Zinfandel. The tannins were less firm than most Zinfandels, but edgy enough to give definition and character to the wine. The finish was long and had great flavor accompanied by a burst of tart tannins at the end. Delicious with the pork, the wine would probably be equally good with a red meat dinner without being “in-your-face” as some California Zinfandel tends to be. I sit here writing and hoping for a miracle that my glass of this wonderful wine will be refilled, but alas we have emptied the bottle. This was a memorable wine and a real treat at $40.

Morella vineyard in Mandurla, Italy.

Comments: Learn more about Morella and their wines.
See also our review of Morella Primitivo Malbek 2014.

Alcohol Content: 15%

Closure: Cork.

UPC Code: 0 24606 36276 6

Imported by: Piedmont Wine Imports; Durham, North Carolina.

Photo from Identita Golose.