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C. G. di Arie Primitivo Block #4 Estate Grown 2007

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Primitivo, which is also known as Zingarello is the major growing grape of Apulia in Southern Italy. Zingarello makes a heavy strong wine with the alcoholic potency of port. DNA testing has confirmed that Primitivo is genetically related to Californias Zinfandel. Based on DNA profiling, it has been theorized that both Primitivo and Zinfandel are clones of the Croatian variety Crljenak.This Estate grown Primitivo comes from a two acre vineyard block that we call Block #4. I have chosen to make this wine from grapes produced in this block because it produces fruit with more exiting and concentrated flavors.In bottling this wine, I took a bold step and used the screw cap to seal the bottles. While I am not underestimating the challenge of changing the customs and tradition that have a strong influence on buying habits, I took this step because I believe that this is a far superior way to package wine which will make every single bottle of this wine predictably consistent.This wine was made in our Submerged Cap Fermentation Tank. It was aged in predominantly French oak barrels for almost a year. This wine has very floral fruity aromas that make you feel like you are walking in an orchard that has different fruit trees. If you concentrate, you will be able to detect raspberry, Marion berry, black cherry, plum, blackberry and even peach aromas which carry all the way to the palate. This wine has good structure, complexity and a well balanced acidity. It has a lingering finish of black cherry, mocha and spice.

Region: Italy » Basilicata

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C.G. Di Arie Vineyard & Winery:
We are a boutique winery located in the Sierra Foothills of California in the CA Shenandoah Valley AVA. We offer award winning Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Barbera and many other varietals.

Primitivo, which is also known as Zingarello is the major growing grape of Apulia in Southern Italy. Zingarello makes a heavy strong wine with the alcoholic potency of port. DNA testing has confirmed that Primitivo is genetically related to Californias Zinfandel. Based on DNA profiling, it has been theorized that both Primitivo and Zinfandel are clones of the Croatian variety Crljenak.This Estate grown Primitivo comes from a two acre vineyard block that we call Block #4. I have chosen to make this wine from grapes produced in this block because it produces fruit with more exiting and concentrated flavors.In bottling this wine, I took a bold step and used the screw cap to seal the bottles. While I am not underestimating the challenge of changing the customs and tradition that have a strong influence on buying habits, I took this step because I believe that this is a far superior way to package wine which will make every single bottle of this wine predictably consistent.This wine was made in our Submerged Cap Fermentation Tank. It was aged in predominantly French oak barrels for almost a year. This wine has very floral fruity aromas that make you feel like you are walking in an orchard that has different fruit trees. If you concentrate, you will be able to detect raspberry, Marion berry, black cherry, plum, blackberry and even peach aromas which carry all the way to the palate. This wine has good structure, complexity and a well balanced acidity. It has a lingering finish of black cherry, mocha and spice.

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