Villa Brondello 2005 Primitivo Puglia "From Old Vines Zinfandel" ($11.00)
Inky blackish-purple with a thin violet edge. Aromas reminiscent of Zinfandel but throttled back, black raspberries and a more winey hint of Chambord raspberry liqueur with a faint earthy back note. Black fruit flavor held up with crisp acidity and marked tannins; 13 percent alcohol makes it relatively lightweight compared with its New World cousins, but I like it the better for that. US Importer: Scoperta Importing Co. Inc., Cleveland Heights, Ohio. (Apr 5, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: A natural with a simple dinner of spaghetti and meatballs.

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