The Fatalone Primitivo, 2006 was a revelation to me at Sotto’s Oblong Table last week.  In California this grape’s claim to fame is its close relationship to Zinfandel.  Thankfully this very authentic, Pugliese wine had nothing in common with the Big, Badass California Zins I have tasted.

Lean, balanced, full of fresh, ripe strawberry flavor and racy with a mineral acidity- this  Primitivo is a wine that gives me hope for the future of wines made from grapes grown in hot, arid climates everywhere- even California.