“The label of this famous rosato from Puglia in southeastern Italy reads ‘Il primo rosato imbottigliato in Italia’– the first rosé to be bottled in Italy. The first vintage was 1943 and it’s been a great success ever since. A blend of local grapes Negroamaro (90%) and Malvasia Nera (10%), this is tasty and nicely balanced with a dry, refreshing finish. A crowd pleaser!”
“A blend of Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera, this is red-fruit driven on the nose, with shades of tobacco and rubber. The palate brings a bit more depth in flavors of blackberry, cranberry and leather, yet ultimately this is light in feel from racy acidity and soft, sandy tannins. A slightly bitter dusting of cocoa powder marks the close.”
“Bright pink; this is much lighter in color than previous vintages. Cedar graphite and fresh apple on the nose, then more complex on the palate with similar flavors to the aromas, but also hints of pear and blood orange. Very fresh and long on the finish.”
Here's a great red wine to pair with juicy burgers or succulent pork chops. The 2015 Primitivo di Manduria Villa Santera shows its own level of ripeness and tenderness to pair with those meats. It offers great value and presents the soft and seductive side of Primitivo. The alcohol is a bit high but it is successfully folded into the rich plushness and sweetness of the fruit. Black cherry and robust blackberry are backed by allspice and crushed clove. There is a point of astringency on the close that gives the wine enough structure to partner with grilled meat dishes.