Botromagno 1999 Primitivo "Apulian Zinfandel" ($10.99)
The wine's inky dark-ruby color shows reddish glints against the light. Its kinship with Zin shows in big berry aromas, warm and full, blackberries dancing over a distinct counterpoint of menthol. Full-bodied and ripe berry flavors fill the mouth, balanced by appropriate if not overwhelming fresh-fruit acidity. The wine sees no oak, but a spicy back note adds an element that seems more Italian than New World, so you might call it a "mid-Atlantic" Zinfantivo-Primindel. US Importer: Winebow Inc., NYC; Leonardo Locascio Selections. (Jul 10, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: A great match with medium-rare burgers (in this case, a simple ethnic variation, Yugoslavian-style pleskavica ground-lamb patties with lots of garlic and onion).



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