A-Mano 2002 Puglia Primitivo ($10.59)
Very dark reddish-purple, blackish. Scents of red and black berries add a slight herbaceous back note to present a classic Zinfandel aroma profile; full, bright, very-berry fruit on the palate continues the Zin-like pattern, although it's structured with lemon-squirt acidity that shows a bit more tang than you might expect in a fruit-forward New World wine, the first hint in "blind" tasting that this is the Primitivo. Good fruit, good balance, with appealing raspberry notes in a long finish. US Importer: Empson (USA) Inc., Alexandria, Va. (Oct 1, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Perfect with my favorite Zinfandel food match, quality rib-eye steak, seared just rare on the charcoal grill.

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