Friday, December 28, 2012
Brio Tuscan Grille, I felt like a Zinfandel, but wanted to drink Italian. That’s an easy situation to deal with when there is a Primitivo on the list.
Primitivo and Zinfandel were thought to be the same grape with different names, until DNA analysis showed that, while very similar, they are different grapes.
The Cantele Primitivo is a 100% varietal wine, I.G.T. Salento, which is in Puglia, the heel of the Italian “boot.” It costs $7.95 by the glass at the restaurant.
Cantele Primitivo is colored quite darkly, and has an intense nose of blackberry and spice. An earthy aroma has a little spearmint mixed in. On the palate, flavors of blackberry dominate, and the tannins are very gentle. Sipping it alone was a joy, and it paired with my Bolognese sauce perfectly.