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Go-to-Wine Tuesday: Primaterra Sangiovese 2013

Posted on | May 12, 2015 | Written by Matthew Di Nunzio | No Comments

RD8752-2When I lived and worked in Italy, most formal lunches and dinners were accompanied by fabulous wines, as they are here at IWM, and sometimes it’s hard to remember them all. Last Friday lunch I enjoyed a wine that left a lasting impression, Primaterra Sangiovese 2013—it’s a pleasant and refined surprise for a $12 bottle.

While reading the label, I noticed this 2013’s appellation is actually Puglia IGP, which struck me as peculiar, as Primaterra is a Sicilian wine producer. Upon researching this wine a bit further, I discovered that the producer sources from different regions each year, for the goal is to keep this wine a fresh and fun experience for us who drink it. While previous vintages had different appellations, such as Sicilia IGT or Veneto IGT, Primaterra uses the same exact process to produce the wine each year, in different locations; it’s always 100% Sangiovese fermented in stainless steel casks for 20-30 days, and then it’s aged in oak (30%) and stainless steel (70%), until ready to bottle.

In keeping with Sangiovese’s signature traits of lush fruit aromas and balanced but bright structure, this southern Italian Sangiovese has prominent notes of cherry, and its acidity is noticeable, although kept well in check. A clean finish with a slight hint of lingering spice made this wine all the more drinkable as we polished the bottle off without thinking twice. We enjoyed it with some charcuteries and cheeses, although I suspect it would pair marvelously with a meat or pasta entrée.

I’d drink this wine with just about anything; it’s a good match for any laid-back occasion. My word of advice is to be sure to get more than one bottle—you’ll definitely want more when the first one runs out.

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