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.

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I love all things Italian: the beautiful country of Italia, the Italians themselves, the language, the food… and above all, I love Italian wine. The people I meet in my charmed life are fascinating, the wines are extraordinary. I needed a special place like this to write about them, and to remember them.

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4 Responses

  1. Marc Papineau

    Such amazing wine! We have poured the “Terres” at our wine bar, Bar Ferdinand! Super light and perfumed; wonderful with a little chill on it…love your posts, thankyou!
    Marc Papineau

  2. Jon Erickson

    Yes a terrific wine and what a value. I know pour it at my pub. I haven’t had the pleasure of Sotto yet, but I’m old friends with wine director Jeremy Parzen and we drank a bottle down in San Diego recently.

    Love the blog! Ill keep reading.

    • Joanie Karapetian, Italian Wine Geek

      Hi Jon-
      Jeremy has mentioned you and your place to me! I keep meaning to reach out and stop in- I live in Huntington Beach and am in San Diego frequently. I would love to stop by soon and check it out. We can share a glass of vino and talk about that is Dr. Jeremy Parzen!
      PS Your daughter is an absolute DOLL! I love her!


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