2005 Tobin James, James Gang Reserve, Paso Robles, Primitivo ($38). Alcohol level: 15.2%. This was a one year later vintage than the one we brought to Howe’s get together in York, ME last year.
The wine gave flowers and red fruits on the nose and upfront. More fruit both red and black along with pepper and spice made us the complex middle, and the finish lingered. The balance was just about perfect, and high octane hardly noticeable.
We shared it with a house guest and matched it with smoked St Louis ribs that were sauced in a low oven off the smoker. True love made potato salad and cold slaw.
The sauce was a old James Beard version made with ketchup, honey, butter and smaller amounts of lemon juice, Worcestershire, and seasonings including his secret ingredient, cumin. The Primitivo went great with it.