Prima Mano Primitivo 2009
Puglia - Indicazione Geografica Tipica
Prima Mano means “finest quality” in Italian. It shows the elegance and complexity that makes our wines different from the other producers of Primitivo in Puglia. It is a wine that always shows a sense of place and talks to you of the old vines grown on sandy soils close to the Ionian Sea. The yields are very low and the red sand reflects sunlight onto the fruit for early ripening. This is the first vineyard harvested in September and tells what to expect for the rest of the harvest.
Prima Mano Primitivo is Thermostyled. This is a technique that we use to coax all the nuances of the grapes to come out in the wine. The grapes are crushed and put into a jacketed stainless steel fermentor. Since the grapes have evolved very reliable natural yeast fermentation starts within hours. The must is allowed to ferment without temperature control for the first 48 hours with pump-over every two hours around the clock. Temperatures reach 85-90°F which gives the intense color, and because alcohol is very low at the beginning of fermentation the tannins extracted are very soft and fine. Once the color and tannin structure is correct we turned the temperature down to 60°F and allow the wine to finish fermenting for 2 weeks. Upon completion of malolactic fermentation the wine was aged in French oak, Chestnut and Cherry barrels.
Prima Mano Primitivo is full of juicy blackberry, cherry and plum fruit, with dark mineral and peppery spice notes rounding things out. It is impressively concentrated without being heavy, and lush without being sweet. There is a freshness and an acidity that invite another sip, and then another. It is deep purple in color, and has black cherries, violet, and mocha on the nose, along with a ripe and jammy palate. Note the persistent aftertaste with a balance and structure for aging a decade. Prima Mano is made only in extraordinary years.