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Pervini 1992 Primitivo di Manduria ($10.99)
You don't run into the Southern Italian Primitivo very often, but given all the speculation about this grape's role as possible ancestor (or, more likely, sibling kin) to the American Zinfandel, it's always fun to try one. Light berry fruit and spicebox notes combine in a pleasant and intriguing aroma. Black fruit is evident on the palate, edged with a hint of walnuts (possible incipient maderization?), lemony acidity and a marked but pleasant peach-pit bitterness in the finish. Not at all like a Zin, and probably a bit tired, but still a gutsy, interesting and quaffable table red. Importer: Elizabeth Imports, Denver. (July 25, 1997)
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