#NWTW Week 43: Primitivo

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After a week off, it’s time to head back to the normality of alcoholic wine. And with that it’s time to go for a big red wine to welcome the clock change and those early nights drawing into the winter. It’s one that people know from both sides of the Atlantic, but I’m picking the European one, it’s Primitivo from Southern Italy.

This is a wine that’s been around quite a lot of late, but always seems to be ignored for other more famous grapes. Well not this week!

My picks for this week are:

Sainsbury’s
Taste The Difference Primitivo @ £7.50

Waitrose
Paolo Leo Primitivo Di Manduria @ £10.99

Majestic Wine
Primitivo Natale Verga @ £6.74

Spirited Wines
Terre Di Sava Primitivo di Manduria @ £15.44

Vinmonopolet
Paolo Leo Primitivo Di Manduria @ NOK 164,90

Happy hunting

Cheers

 


16 thoughts on “#NWTW Week 43: Primitivo

  1. We were in Puglia last year and everywhere they had primitivo (and Salice Salentino, of course). Some crummy, some good, and some great. Can’t wait to find a good bottle for this week.

  2. Wow, that’s a big one! I opened a bottle of Cantine San Marzano Primitivo di Manduria ‘Falo’ 2011 (Wine & the Vine £13.95) on Saturday night. It wasn’t supposed to be opened until Sunday to go with my lasagne but my Shiraz finished a little earlier than anticipated so I though what the heck.

    The Falo is a super-concentrated monster; I should’ve known this when I first picked it up – it comes in one of those super thick bottles that you usually have to pay £30 for. But this wine really delivers; the fruit is deep and rich; plums, cherries, damsons even. The texture is silky-smooth and there is a chocolaty note, even a touch of tapenade behind the super-charged fruit. And the length is superb. I get some real quality oak spice on the finish, but apparently it only spends 4 months in French oak. Not one for the feint hearted, but this is a seriously good wine for under £15. 8.5/10

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