WTN: 2000 Masseria Monaci Primitivo Salento IGT i Censi

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WTN: 2000 Masseria Monaci Primitivo Salento IGT i Censi

Postby Ian Sutton » Thu Aug 17, 2006 5:47 pm

One of our holiday purchases from a somewhat disappointing trip to Puglia (admittedly a few weeks past the end of season). At least we had some success with the wines!

2000 Masseria Monaci Primitivo Salento IGT i Censi - Italy, Puglia, Salento IGT (8/17/2006)
Colour is quite a rich claret with some browning at the edge. The nose is very rich and savoury with more than a hint of game amongst the ripe plums. There's a real savoury edge to the fruit that Italian wines seem to achieve more than anywhere else, with a balsamic quality. Acidity is spot-on bringing freshness but without dominating. The finish is nicely dry and whilst no more than medium length, is relatively complex - especially considering it's price.

Cost €5.40 (maybe ~ US$8 ) from shop in Puglia. I wouldn't normally mention price, but this is to our palates a fantastic bargain and to a degree influences some of these comments. We had a bottle of the 97 vintage at a restaurant in Speziale for around €9 last October (2005) and that was drinking beautifully. What struck us was the low alcohol for a Primitivo/Zinfandel (13.5 % I think for the 97 and 13% for this). There's nothing "green" about this wine, but also tellingly nothing hot about it either. It's significantly more than an uncomplicated quaffer and at the price it's stunning.
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Re: WTN: 2000 Masseria Monaci Primitivo Salento IGT i Censi

Postby James Roscoe » Thu Aug 17, 2006 6:02 pm

Great note Ian. Primitivos achieve a greatness that Zinfandels, despite being the same grape, just can't reach at the same price point. There is also something so distinctively "Italian" about a Primitivo that is wonderful. I love it. I am not a huge fan of the A Mano which is the most ubiquitous Primitivo on this side of the Atlantic, but I love the Rocca Dei Mare and most of the others I've tried. They all beat most $20 Zins and the Primitivos are almost always in the $12-$13 range. I suppose with reviews like this we'll start to see price creep. Enjoy!
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Re: WTN: 2000 Masseria Monaci Primitivo Salento IGT i Censi

Postby Ian Sutton » Thu Aug 17, 2006 6:08 pm

James Roscoe wrote:I suppose with reviews like this we'll start to see price creep. Enjoy!

Where's the delete button - please! :oops:

Agree the A Mano, as I tried it a while back and it lacked anything of interest - it seemed like they tried to make an international supermarket wine, and sadly I think they achieved it :wink:

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Re: WTN: 2000 Masseria Monaci Primitivo Salento IGT i Censi

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Thu Aug 17, 2006 11:54 pm

Spot on Ian? Did you see my tasting notes last week on the A. Mano? At the Zin tasting.
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Re: WTN: 2000 Masseria Monaci Primitivo Salento IGT i Censi

Postby Ian Sutton » Fri Aug 18, 2006 8:40 am

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I hadn't but will (The name A Mano means I usually switch off :oops: )
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