As you may or may not know primitivo and Zinfandel are the same grape with a different name. Primitivos can be more fruit forward. This one is dark in color with a mild nose of oak and dark berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some big dark berries, and some light dried fruits. The wine is medium in length with some firm tannins and some noticeable alcohol. It has some nice lingering dryness that build nicely in the mouth. This for me is one of the biggest, most complex primitivos I’ve had to date. Quite nice. I would give it an 89 or so.

From the LCBO web site:
LI VELI MONTECOCO PRIMITIVO 2009 VINTAGES 281436 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 18.95
Made in: Puglia, Italy By: Famiglia Falvo
Release Date: Sep 15, 2012
14.5% Alcohol/Vol. Sugar Content: 8 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: D – Dry

Tasting Note
The 2009 Primitivo Salento Montecoco is a gorgeous wine for the money. It shows lovely juiciness and plenty of varietal character while avoiding the excessive heaviness that plagues so many of its peers. A blast of dark red fruit punctuates the exuberant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017. Score – 89. (Antonio Galloni,, June 2011)

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