This wine is going for $7 a bottle locally and I keep restocking because it is such a great wine. This rivals California Zins going for twice the price.
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).
Sipping this next to a Ridge Zin and a bottle of the prisoner really shows the similarities of the grape with the difference of the terroir. Sour berries on the nose with blue and black fruits on the palate with minerals and a bitter yet fresh finish.
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.
Wine Tasting NotesA-Mano is a stunning example of a concentrated, elegant, rich, deep, dark purple wine. The raspberries jump out of the glass to herald the aromas to follow, blueberry, tar, leather, anise and cedar. The complexity evolves and the soft, velvety tannins linger on the long, long finish. This is a wine that reveals a new treasure with each sip.
A dark, juicy blast of fruit opens into a sappy, slightly rustic wine that shows off skillful winemaking. There's none of the hot, raisiny character of most Primitivo, just plenty of flavor "punch" and smooth, supple, well-managed tannins. The lovely package reflects the pride and effort that went into this wine from southern Italy.
Hand-made. That's the translation... and Amano tastes "hand made." A lovely ripe-strawberry aroma, rich and balanced texture in the mouth - yet dry not bitter or tannic - with a graceful and charismatic finish. Made from the Primitivo variety, (often thought to be the Italian equivalent to Zinfandel), Amano is a marvelous value and a red wine to complement everything from well-made pizza, lasagna and other rich pasta dishes to sturdy preparations of beef, lamb and pork.
That's the translation... and "a-mano" tastes "handmade." A lovely ripe strawberry aroma, with a rich and balanced texture in the mouth; dry yet not bitter or tannic, with a graceful and charismatic finish.
A tasty Primitivo and a great value. With flavors of berries and pepper and deep aromas of earth, it's easy to see this wine's ancestral connection to Zinfandel.
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