Wine Alert! Santino 2006 Primitivo

Wine Alert!!  Santino 2006 Primitivo at the Grocery Outlet for $2.99 a bottle!  Yes, you heard me correctly.  Pick several bottles for $2.99 each!  I have not heard much about the Primitivo grape, the only time I’ve heard anything about it was tasting at Livermore’s Tenuta Vineyards.  They have an incredible Primitivo.  So I decided to research a little on the web.  Found this….”Origin:The earliest knowledge of this varietal is that it originated in Greece. It is not known exactly how or when this plant was transported into Italy, but the history of this grape in Italy dates back many centuries. In the 17th century, it is known that the Benedictine monks named the varietal “Primitivo” because of its precociousness (early maturity of the grape) in this zone.  Primitivo has been called many things, but is also known as the father of the Zinfandel grape, now so popular in California. In recent years, DNA studies at the University of California at Davis show that the Zinfandel grape is the same as the Primitivo grape grown in southeastern Italy’s Puglia region.  Description:Deeply colored, rich, and concentrated with flavors of zesty cherry, clove, wild blackberry, raspberry and spice.”  Well, I have to agree about the description of the Santino Primitivo.  I totally got the cherries, clove, blackberry with a little spice.  I still cannot believe the quality and the flavors from this rich red wine for only $2.99 a bottle.  Please head over to the Livermore Grocery Outlet and pick up a bottle and tell me what you think.  Am I crazy? Let me know!

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