2014 Bollina Tavros Primitivo Di Manduria
jam, blueberry, black pepper, cherry, plum, boysenberry, cranberry and licorice
candy, vanilla, oak, smoke, tar, musk and mushroom
This wine is big. It's rich. It's full bodied. Those are perhaps the best three terms to use when tasting it for the first time. For those of you who love full throttle reds, this may prove to be one of the best bottles of wine in the $19.99 range you have ever tried.
Judging it to be one of "Italy's Best Wines of 2016", Luca Maroni awarded it 98 points (Consistency: 33, Balance: 33, Integrity: 32) and named it to his 2016 Annuario dei Migliori Vini Italiani. Here is part of his Translated review. This Primitivo has excellent firmness and clarity. In the glass it shows pressed, distilled forest berries, blackberry, and violet in a neat, porous, black, and pulpy consistency ... unsurpassed in smoothness, suppleness, and soft tannic expression. Among the best reds of the year, and one of the best Primitivos ever."
We have a feeling fans of Martinelli, Turley and other big Zins will want to check out this Southern Italian Red.
If you haven't heard of Primitivo, you’ve probably heard of its new world counterpart Zinfandel. Originally from Croatia (ha ha to you Italy and you, too, California) Primitivo/Zinfandel was first brought to southern Italy and later, by Italian immigrants, to the U.S. West Coast.
"This is really ... really phenomenal juice" - Gary Vaynerchuk, the star of Winelibrary TV
"Intense ruby red. Wide and complex to the nose, fruity, with a prune and cherry jam aroma, with notes of tobacco, slightly spicy. A full-bodied wine, soft and rich in fine tannins, with notes of cocoa, coffee and vanilla in the end." - Importer