“This iconic Primitivo from winemaker Gianfranco Fino delivers in its dense aromas of spiced cranberry, blackberry, violets and tilled earth. There’s weight and intensity to the palate in all aspects, from the punchy, juicy berry and dark plum flavors to the racing acidity and bracing tannins. Time in the cellar to soften the sharp edges will reward with the already developing complexities.”
“Rich and sappy, offering juicy flavors of blackberry and boysenberry coulis, dried thyme, star anise and mandarin orange peel. This is medium-to-full-bodied and tightly knit, with sleek, sculpted tannins firming the creamy finish.”
The 2009 Primitivo di Manduria Villa Santera is a joyous red bursting with varietal character. Dark fruit, licorice, clovers and flowers emerge with lovely inner sweetness, adding complexity to the dense, expressive fruit.
Purple-colored, it presents aromas of briar/bramble, raisins, and blackberry reminiscent of legendary Zinfandels such as the 1977 Lytton Springs. This leads to a full-bodied, smoothly-textured Zinfandel with plenty of ripe, sweet fruit, soft tannins, and a lengthy finish. Drink it over the next 6-8 years.
2001 Zinfandel McLaren Vale tips the scales at 15.5% alcohol. It offers copious quantities of briery, raisiny fruit, exotic Asian spice notes, and a layered, rich, full-bodied finish. Drink it over the next 3-4 years. Kudos to owner/winemaker Kevin O'Brien for fashioning these fine as well as realistically priced wines.
The finest ... is the 2002 Zinfandel. Although it boasts a whopping 16.5% alcohol, that component, is well-hidden beneath a cascade of berry, plum, pepper, Provencal herbs, chocolate, and spice characteristics. Rich, full-bodied, and impressive, it should be drunk over the next 3-4 years.