A Mano Primitivo Puglia IGT 2007
A Mano Primitivo was first made in 1998. Mark Shannon and Elvezia Sbalchiero, the duo behind A Mano, have worked in the wine business for most of their lives. Elvezia is a northern Italian wine-marketing expert and Mark is a Californian winemaker. They knew right from the start that they wanted their wine to be a concentrated, dark coloured, full-bodied wine made from Primitivo. The grapes for this wine come from vineyards in the heart of the Primitivo growing region, located in the low hills east of Taranto in Puglia. The region is an old sea bed, full of fossils of clams, oysters and urchins. The altitude is approximately 30-60 meters above sea level and annual rainfall is 35 centimeters. The climate is classically Mediterranean as Puglia is a peninsula between the Adriatic and the Ionian seas. The Primitivo vines are quite old; most are the original plantings after phylloxera and range from 70 to 100 years old. As with most vineyards planted at that time they are small bush vines called “alberello” which are non-irrigated and low yielding. The average Primitivo vineyard is quite small, less than half a hectare (1 acre) and the best sites have a crumbly, dark reddish brown soil that resembles instant coffee. On the nose the 2007 has plenty of ripe raspberry aromas with touches of toasty oak. On the palate it is full bodied with ripe, blackberry, blueberry and raspberry fruit flavours and a hint of sweet, toasted oak. The finish is soft and long with elegant, rounded tannins.
Nose: blackberries, black-currants. Palate: blackberries, black-currants = rich, red sweet fruits. Smooth, tea-like tannins, and some fresh blackberry-like acidity. Decent length, not particularly complex but pleasant.
A- Mano has an attractive translucent cherry color. It’s exactly the color of ripe bing cherries. Aromas of fruit- raspberry and cherry with undercurrents of spice. Although primitivo and zinfandel claim the same heritage, this wine is much more mellow, with less alcohol content than the typical zin. The acids and tannins are tamed and the mouthfeel is soft; the wine is well-balanced. The taste is full of plums and cherries. A subtle sweet smoky oak taste is evident on the smooth and moderately long finish. A good wine for the money. I paid $5.95.
Tasting notes said salami and . . . so it truly is. Plum fruit blends well with that salami meaty pepperiness moving to a liquorice finish. All of which suggests richness but it is acid and tannin-balanced.
Food-friendly, good value.
Had a glass of A-Mano at a new restaurant in Nordeast Mpls. last night. I wouldn't call it full-bodied (especially compared to big California Zins), but it's very food-friendly and well-balanced with a nice finish. At the price point it would make a great house red ($7.49 Surdyk's sale).
External Reviews for A Mano Primitivo Puglia IGT
This Primitivo is zesty and earthy proudly announcing its rustic Italian countryside heritage. It also shows loads of berry fruit less spice than a Zin earthiness a touch of vanilla complemented with pepper. It has displays balance with soft tannins nice acidity and a finish that adds a counterpoint of Italian burnished leather. Very nice zesty personality and fun.