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Go-to-Wine Tuesday: Mille Una 2013 Majara Primitivo

Posted on | September 15, 2015 | Written by Matthew Di Nunzio | No Comments

RD9049-2Last week, my father was visiting from Italy and made us his world-class lasagna for Sunday dinner. We chose this marvelous Mille Una 2013 Majara Primitivo to go with it.

Primitivo is an Italian grape varietal that is native to the southern region of Puglia and parts of Sicily, and in the nineteenth century, it came to the US, where it thrives in the California heat. Wines made with Primitivo tend to be very dark with juicy acidity, and this one from Mille Una certainly was. Primitivos are well known for being fruit bombs—especially on the nose. Because of its fruit forwardness, Primitivo wines pair well with grilled meats, spicy foods and pretty much any dish with a lot of flavor. My father’s lasagna covered most of those criteria, and this pairing was a hit.

This Puglian Primitivo was velvety and fruity with a hint of spice and notes of chocolate that finished off our dish in pure Italian style. A hint of fresh herbs and minerality lingered on well after the initial nose of black fruit. This minerality was unsurprising, as Mille Una’s 35-year-old vines grow in a mineral-rich soil and the estate’s fermentation process uses only natural yeast and stainless steel barriques, making for an interpretation of the terroir without intervention. An excellent choice for any BBQ or flavor-packed dish, this Primitivo wine is under $22, making it perfect for your spur-of-the-moment family dinners!

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