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Why do we love this wine?

Big, bold red lovers listen up. From the bootheel of Italy comes this competition-stomping rich red, with its plums, fruitcake and spice out on display for everyone to marvel at. 

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Herbaceous
Plum
Vanilla
Full-bodied
Chewy
Concentrated

There’s no other wine (including Barolo) that says “hedonism” like primitivo/zinfandel, with such a big, face-filling wine followed by oodles of velvety tannins that lap at the shore of your palate like small waves - soft, insistent and shaping that shore over time. See? It has me waxing lyrical. Luca Maroni did too, as you can see below. 

At the Tasting Bench

It’s like someone wants to make art out of this. Smells of crayons, clay, pencil shavings, and then a whole bunch of berries that someone’s smooshing onto a canvas, in a frenetic manner. It’s not a calming style of wine, it’s big and bold with an approachability that belies its heft. Not my style of wine, but I can see why it’ll please many lovers of large red wines. 

Awards

Luca Maroni
Italian import

I asked Olivia, one of the brokers, if there were any wines that stood out today (we were trying three big Italians), and this was the one. She told me a story of how her dad Dom (Domenico, he’s Calabrian) would only ever drink big South Aussie reds, saying that the Italian ones were no good. Olivia kept taking Euro wines home for dinner, and he’d turn his nose up, so she took a primitivo home one night and poured it for him without letting him see the bottle. Dom started raving about it, how rich it was, but still fresh, ready for food. “Guess what that is?” taunted Olivia. 

The look on Dom’s face would have been priceless. 

Dom’s a bit more open to Olivia’s suggestions now, but I can only imagine that he’s twisted it somehow so that the story goes he always loved Italian reds, and that you should too. Hey, as long as he’s on board, let’s chalk it up as a win.

Wine Nerd Stuff
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Specs

Region
Puglia
Vintage
2015
Cellaring
2026
Preservatives
Sulphites
Alcohol by Vol.
14.5%
Closure
Cork
Bottle Vol
750mL
Blend Info
100% Primitivo
Serving Temp.
17.0°C
Food Union
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...

Goes with

Beef
Rich Vegetables
Venison