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Thursday, December 3, 2015
A Pair of Primitivo
And one top Riesling!
The Primitivo grape came from Croatia and has been grown in the Puglia area for 200 years or so. It is regarded as the brother or sister of Zinfandel in California. It is an early ripener as the Italian name indicates.
Puglia is in the heel of Italy, an area called Oenotria (land of vines) by the ancient Greeks. It is flat and hot and capable of producing high alcohol wines, though these two, both from the Salento area, aren't over the top at all.
Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2013, Salento IGP, 14%, €17.25 Karwig Wines.
The grapes are hand-picked (from 11 year old vines) and collected in small cases. There is further manual selection on rollers in the cellar. Malolactic fermentation is in French oak and there is also 6 months barrel aging. Perhaps this is why it is a little more expensive than the Per Tutti.
Dark red is the colour and it has red fruit aromas. It's fruity and fresh, with some spice, a fruity aftertaste and a very good finish. Really pleasant and Highly Recommended.
Per Tutti Primitivo 2013, Salento IGP, 13%, €15.50 Karwig Wines
Another dark ruby wine with pleasant aromas of warm red fruit. A lovely full sensation at the introduction on the palate, some little sweetness, some spice evident also, fine tannins too, quite smooth overall and a longish velvety finish. Really well-made wine with a low (for Primitivo) abv of 13%. Highly Recommended.
This Riesling is Class!
Carl Ehrhard Rudesheim Urstűck Berg Roseneck Riesling trocken 2013 (Rheingau, Germany), 12.5%, €24.90 Karwig Wines.
Colour is an attractive medium gold with intense aromas (white fruit, floral too). Then the beautiful full flavours, a very pleasant mouthfeel (including a wee tingle), good acidity and a long finish. Not too much to be said, no need really, just Very Highly Recommended.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Three To Consider
|Seventeen months in oak.|
Coto de Imaz 2008 Reserva Rioja (DOC), 13.5%, €19.60, Karwig Wines
This dark cherry coloured gem from La Rioja has spent 17 months in American oak and a further three years in bottle.The fruit aromas promise much and, with this well balanced wine, you don't have to wait long for the fulfilment. A complex well-aged, well-made wine “from a selection of the best Tempranillo grapes in Rioja”. In the mouth, it feels close to velvet and the tannins are a little grippy. Excellent overall and Very Highly Recommended.
Almirante’s Pionero Mundi Albarino 2013 (Rias Baixas), 12.5%, €14.95 at Mitchell & Sons, Dublin; Skelly’s of Longford; Bradley’s of Cork; and others
There are more than 600 pages in the 1994 Larousse Encyclopedia of Wine and the Spanish region of Rias Baixas gets about a 1/3rd of a page, enough though for the editors to note that “the Albarino, a variety of such excellence that almost the whole wine industry in the province..has been built on it”. It was indeed a solid foundation and, 21 years on, the results are now being tasted and acclaimed near and far.
Colour in this example is a light gold with green tints. The white fruit aromas are intense and gorgeous. And then there is the unmistakable tingle of the Albarino, fresh and fruity and yet so dry, all followed by a long reverberating finish. Very Highly Recommended.
Piantaferro Primitivo Di Manduria (DOC) 2012, 14%, €13.99 SuperValu
Greeting here is an aroma of dark fruits, plums mainly. Fruit flavours are quite concentrated and there is some spice, maybe a touch of liquorice and a silky input of tannin. Overall it is quite rich with a long finish. Well made, well balanced and Highly Recommended.
Primitivo, genetically similar to California's Zinfandel, has emerged as “the most consumer-friendly grape” of Puglia, the heel of Italy. Could be a handy one to have around when grilling on the BBQ this summer, even if you may have to eat indoors!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
GATTUSO: MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY
Italians use hand gestures a lot, especially in the south of the country, but rarely the head as fish-shop owner Gennaro Gattuso did against Spurs.
Born in the south, Gattuso’s hand has also gotten him into trouble: In a UEFA Champions League group stage match against Ajax in September 2003, he was sent off during second-half injury time after slapping Ajax striker and current team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimović in the face with the back of his hand. (Wikipediia)
All ties in nicely with a bottle of Primitivo that I recently received as a present. It is called Parlare Italiano and the label illustration is a series of hands in various poses.
Anyone who watches Italian football regularly will know a few of these gestures. Perhaps the most common is where you press your hands together as if in prayer, then move them up and down. You usually do this with the ref when he has ruled against you. Like most gestures it can mean different things: Why don't you listen to me? or You’re going to be the death of me! It is also a favourite gesture among Italian mothers.
Interesting, isn’t it. Found it in a very informative book on Italian Wine called, believe or not, Vino Italiano!
A bit more interesting really than this bottle which comes from the hot region of Puglia, Italy’s heel. It is made from the Primitivo grape, which has proven strong links to America’s Zinfandel and is the most consumer friendly grape of the region.
Colour is a fairly dark red and there is an aroma of dark fruits. On the palate, this softly structured wine is fruity, reasonably flavoursome with good acidity and just a bit more to it than a simple quaffing wine. Just a little bit.
Parlare Italiano, Primitivo Salento, 2008, 13.5%, **/***