Primitivo del Salento IGT (Typical Geographical Indication)
2013 was a vintage with positive weather throughout the entire year, abundant rainfall during the winter months and regular temperatures during the spring and summer seasons. The peak temperatures which characterized the previous vintages were absent; temperatures, winds, and humidity were all favorable.
Positive temperature swings from daytime heat to evening and nighttime coolness assisted in achieving an excellent physiological ripening of the grapes, a interesting aromatic profile, and a vigorous acidity.
As an early-ripening variety, Primitivo felt to a greater extent the consequences of delays in ripening, and the grapes, in fact, matured a week later than usual, during the first ten days of September.
Selected from old Primitivo vineyards, head-pruned bush vines, and from newer cordon-trained vineyards, both cultivated at the Maime estate at San Pietro Vernotico in Puglia’s Brindisi province.
Selections comes from old vineyards of Primitivo, growing at saplings.
The grapes were harvested at high levels of ripeness during the first week of September, After pressing, the period of skin contact, managed with soft and delicate extraction techniques, lasted fifteen days and took place in stainless steel fermentation tanks. During this phase, the wines finished their sugars at temperatures held to a maximum of 79° Fahrenheit (26° centigrade). After being run off its skins, the wine went through a complete malolactic fermentation in French and Hungarian oak barrels, where it aged for ten months. A further eight month period of bottle aging preceded commercial release.
ALCOHOL LEVEL14% vol.
Color: an intense ruby red
Aroma: rich and ripe with notes of plums, cherries, vanilla, and chocolate.
Flavor: a supple wine, the ripe red fruit and spice define a complex structure, properly tannic but balanced and flavorful as well.
SERVING TEMPERATURE64-68° Fahrenheit (18-20 °centigrade)
Roast beaf, seasoned cheese, spicy soups.