Lynfred Winery Primitivo, 2009

I could go on about Primitivo wine but I will just give you the quick rundown and hope I don’t bore you. It is possibly from Greece but is more known from when the grape migrated to Italy. It was named Primitivo from the Benedictine monks because the grape matured early. You may know Primitivo as Zinfandel – genetically the same grape.

Lynfred Winery came out with their first ever Primitivo (2009 vintage). Lynfred Winery states “the grapes came from Heringer Vineyards in Clarksburg, California (Lodi region). Heringer planted an Italian clone in California soil and found that the resulting grape is quite different from the Napa & Sonoma Zinfandels. The Primitivo has brighter fruit, is softer and leaner, and seems to be more food friendly.” The wine consists of 82% Primitivo, 9% Merlot, and 9% Rosé.

This bottle has aromas of fresh raspberries and, dare I say, rich creamy vanilla ice cream (almost like the end of the bowl melted down goodness). On the palate are juicy red berries followed by some oak. This light to medium bodied wine is delicate and sexy - a perfect treat on a warmer day.



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