This engaging Primitivo retains a very youthful, grapy fruit profile, almost like a lightly foxy vitis labrusco. But then the tannins kick in, and it becomes something like a cross between a Washington Lemberger and a Zinfandel. In any event, it's got plenty of fruit, distinction, balance and flavor interest.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.