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Il Trullo Primitivo del Salento IGP 2021

Il Trullo Primitivo del Salento IGP 2021

Salento IGT, Puglia, Italy

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  • Tasting Notes

    2021 Il Trullo Primitivo captivates with aromas of earthy clay pot, leather, and sweet Italian basil, evolving into rich black fruit and balsamic notes. On the palate, sweet fruit leads to savory complexity, complemented by herbaceous hints. Medium-bodied yet smooth, with a balanced acidity, it pairs beautifully with hard cheeses, offering a delightful interplay of flavors. Enjoy layers of cooked dark cherry, strawberry compote, and dried brush, culminating in a lingering finish of savory-sweet harmony.

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    The history of the Primitivo grape is an intriguing tale that spans centuries and continents. Its origins can be traced back to the coastal regions of Croatia, where it was known as Crljenak Kaštelanski.

    In the late 18th century, this ancient Croatian grape found its way to the southern Italian region of Puglia, specifically to the area around Gioia del Colle. Here, it was given the name Primitivo, derived from the Latin word "primativus," meaning early-ripening, due to its tendency to ripen earlier than other grape varieties.

    For many years, Primitivo remained relatively obscure, primarily used as a blending grape to add depth and color to local wines. However, in the 20th century, its fortunes began to change. Italian winemakers recognized its potential to produce rich, full-bodied red wines, and efforts were made to cultivate it more widely.

    Meanwhile, in the vineyards of California, a grape known as Zinfandel was gaining popularity. It wasn't until the late 20th century, with the advent of DNA testing, that the true identity of Zinfandel was revealed—it was none other than Primitivo, brought to America by Italian immigrants in the 19th century.

    Today, Primitivo has come into its own, celebrated for its intense fruit flavors, robust character, and versatility in winemaking. It has found success both in its native Puglia and in other wine regions around the world, cementing its place in the pantheon of great grape varieties.

  • Region

    Puglia, located in southern Italy, is a sprawling wine region covering 83,000 hectares. It's known for its four prestigious DOCGs and 28 DOC zones, producing wines with a mature yet fresh taste thanks to the region's dry, Mediterranean climate and fertile soils. Divided into five districts, including Salento, Puglia offers a variety of terroirs contributing to its diverse winemaking landscape.

    Salento, situated within Puglia, is particularly noteworthy. It's famous for the Salento IGT designation, which encompasses vineyards between the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, forming Italy's heel. Salento's vineyards benefit from limestone-rich soils and a hot, dry climate, with coastal regions offering relief from the intense sun. Grapes grown here, like Primitivo and Negroamaro, produce wines known for their depth and character, making Salento a key player in Puglia's winemaking scene.