Northridge Vineyard, Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
The bouquet of this Primitivo is really earthy, with aromas of licorice and eucalyptus, then cocoa and ripe blackberries. If you’re looking for a Primitivo that isn’t a “fruit bomb,” this is it– a unique wine from a unique location!
I love how bright and vivacious this wine is! Medium-bodied with tart fruit notes of raspberries and underripe blackberries, as this wine opened up, I tasted berry medley and black licorice. Decant this wine to better taste all the expressions it has to offer!
Food pairing suggestions:
If you roasted a bounty of tomatoes at the end of the season, use them to make a roasted tomato pasta sauce to eat with this Primitivo. Other suggestions are Moroccan eggplant tagine, sausage and herb stuffing, white bean and ham soup.
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