The signature red grape of Puglia is Primitivo, a close cousin of California's Zinfandel grape. There's a full bouquet of spiced plums, strawberry, clove, raisin and a hint of conifer. On the palate, the Apulus is bright and fresh with cherry plum fruit and strawberry supported by cedary tannins and bright mineral acidity. This is a lush, supple, easy drinking, approachable wine.
Spiced plum, black raspberry, rose petal, clove, raisin and conifer.
Puglia is a very fertile region in southeastern Italy that borders the Adriatic and the Ionian Seas and the Strait of Otranto and the Gulf of Taranto. The southern portion of Puglia forms the high heel on the "boot" of Italy. Known primarily for rustic red wine, the region is enjoying a renaissance in quality, largely inspired by investment in modern facilities and practices from established wineries in northern Italy and abroad. The Zicari family has farmed its estate in the Manduria region of the Taranto province since the 18th century, though the property's winemaking history dates back to the 12th century, when Burgundian Cistercian monks settled there. Today, Donna Ines Zicari and her daughter Anna carry on the family legacy and have made considerable progress towards establishing a reputation for Tenuta Zicari beyond Italy's borders.
This Primitivo will be fantastic with grilled foods, including red meats, pork and poultry. For lighter proteins, a bold sauce will help the dish stand up to the wine. Take inspiration from Mexican rubs and marinades, lightly sweet barbecue preparations, and recipes that incorporate Indian or Moroccan seasonings. Meaty pastas, tomato sauces, and grilled and roasted vegetables will also suit the wine's medium body and spice. For something simple, try my Sloppy Giuseppes. It's a recipe you can play around with to suit your specific preferences.
"We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine." --Eduardo Galeano