Origin: Puglia I.G.T. Italy
Taste guide: Full bodied, dense blackberry and black cherry fruit flavours, vanilla and coffee notes, oaked
75cl - 14% - screwcap
When Primitivo vines were taken from their home in southern Italy to California in the 19th century they were given the name Zinfandel - the origin of which to this day is still not definite. With the name Zinfandel being better known worldwide, Italy's winemakers have now adopted this, especially with the export market in mind.
Zinfandel makes superb rich and full red wines though its name has, in my humble opinion, been somewhat tarnished by the sickly-sweet Californian rosé wine sold under the rather odd name of "white Zinfandel."
Dismiss that from your mind. This is a powerful and rich wine, made from organically produced grapes grown in the Puglia region in the "heel" of southern Italy. The selected fruit was vinified by Icon wines. and following vinification the wine was placed in American oak barrels for a period of barrel ageing before bottling.
The colour is a very deep red with a nose of rich, ripe, red and black fruit with hints of vanilla. The palate continues this intense flavour - blackberry and black cherry, with notes of spice, chocolate, coffee and vanilla from the barrel ageing. The tannins are superbly integrated and the wine has a very long and satisfying finish.
This is truly one of the best red wines we have tasted and listed for ages.
The labelling is very bold, clearly with the American market in focus, but the wine is far more serious than this would suggest. In fact it has the style of a top Calfornian Zinfandel and is far better value.
Enjoy with steak, casseroles or pasta - and would even complement lamb too.
Sells for up to £10 elsewhere - Binendwines' price is just £7.25.