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November 1, 2013 Wine Pick of the Week

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Rosa dOro Primitivo bottle Picmonkey

2011 Primitivo


Producer: Rosa d'Oro Vineyards

Appellation: Lake County

Alcohol: 14.4%

Suggested retail: $24


“Here's another grape variety native to southern Italy, but as grown in Lake County by Rosa d'Oro. Primitivo is either identical or not-quite-identical to Zinfandel, depending on how technical you want to get. For our tastes, this Primitivo is an appealing wine, evocative of good California Zinfandels of 20-30 years ago (before too many of them became 'fruit bombs').

“Aromas of dried flowers and a little lavender. The flavor shows bright fruit—raspberries, against a background of ground black pepper. There is just a touch of sweetness on the finish, but overall we find this a sprightly wine that will reward the Zin fan who might appreciate nuance and subtlety.”

Food Affinity: “A slab of Grana Padano cheese, spaghetti puttanesca, or just the simplicity of a good burger grilled to medium-rare.” 

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