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Tenute Rubino Torretesta Salento IGT Rosso 2006

This is a Susumaniello in purezza. It's impenetrable pyrope with cherry ruby rim. Poured ink. The bouquet is interesting, with prune cherry fruit that has some greenish accents and an underlying sweetness; with swishing underbrush also emerges and so does some wood smoke. Quite a bit going on. On the palate it's ample, with rich cherry plum fruit supported by smooth sweet tannins that have a slight vanilla burr to it, and flow into a clean bright berry fruit finish with -- again -- some cedar that continues at length. Pleasant, and more of a food wine than a wine to be sipped. Also a wine that will age nicely for 5-8 years or more.
Score: 86-7

Giuliani Primitivo Gioia del Colle DOC 2004

Impenetrable pyrope with brick rim. Poured ink. The bouquet is fairly rich, with cherry plum fruit supported by dusky spice and some graphite shavings; it has a brooding quality to it that I rather enjoy, and also hints of licorice root. On the palate it's full, and rich, with powerful cherry plum fruit supported by smoky tannins and wood smoke acidity that flow into a long balsamic finish with wood smoke and hints of animal hair blended into the fruit. Quite elegant, and will work very well with succulent meats.
Score: 88

Plantamura Primitivo Gioia del Colle DOC 2007

Deep black almandine with black reflections and almandine rim. The bouquet is fairly intense, with wood smoke and leafy underbrush mingled with plum fruit and some spice. Pleasant to sniff. On the palate it's ample, with rich cherry plum fruit supported by spicy acidity and tannins that have a smooth sweet underpinning and flow into a clean fresh finish with savory underpinning. Pleasant, and will drink quite well with foods.
Score: 86-8

Scj'o Primitivo IGT Puglia 2008

Black label with red name, 13.5% alcohol. Deep black almandine with black reflections and brick rim. The bouquet is fairly intense, with cherry fruit supported by wood smoke and berry fruit acidity. Nice depth. On the palate it's full, with rich red berry fruit supported by lively sour cherry acidity and smooth sweet tannins that do have slight cedary accents and flow into a clean bright berry fruit finish. Quite pleasant, in a graceful rather cheeky key, and will drink well with succulent red meats or light stews, and also has the capacity to age nicely for a few years.
Score: 86-8

Guttarolo Primitivo Gioia del Colle DOC 2007

Impenetrable pyrope with violet rim. Poured ink. The bouquet is intriguing, with leathery plum cherry fruit supported by wood smoke and hints of honeycomb mingled with warmth and spice. Pleasant, and invites another sniff. On the palate it's full, and quite sweet, with powerful plum cherry fruit supported by warmth and sweet dusky tannins that flow into a clean sweet fruit laced peppery finish, and though it may sound strange overtones works well in a charged, very ripe key. If you like the style, you will enjoy it, and I found it growing upon me. A quite successful extreme ripening, and a very interesting wine.
Score: 86-8

Cantine Ferri Purpurius Primitivo Puglia IGT 2007

Impenetrable pyrope with purple rim. Poured ink. The bouquet is fairly rich, with ripe prune fruit supported by some plum acidity and by jammy sweetness and a fair amount of alcohol. Enticing in a very ripe key. On the palate it's ample, and fruit driven with prune fruit supported by alcoholic warmth and tannins that have a warm spicy overlay and flow into lasting warmth, with alcohol and cumin laced spice that goes on and on, becoming savory with time. If you like big, very ripe fruit driven alcoholic wines, you will enjoy it, But you have to like the style. Even though this is not a style I generally favor, I found myself enjoying it,
Score: 86

Emèra Anima di Primitivo Salento Rosso Primitivo IGT 2008

Impenetrable pyrope with black cherry reflections and cherry rim. The wine spends a few months in steel, but no wood. The bouquet is fairly intense, with prune fruit supported by some animal notes -- it brings a sweaty blonde to mind -- and there are also mentholated notes as it opens. On the palate it's full and fairly sweet, with prune fruit supported by clean berry fruit acidity and by smooth sweet tannins that flow into a clean bright berry fruit finish. It's pleasant, and will drink well with drier meats; if you like bigger softer fruit driven wines you will enjoy it very much. The lack of wood is quite refreshing.
Score: 85

Pietra Ventosa Allegoria Primitivo Gioia del Colle DOC 2006

Deep black almandine with brick rim that has some almandine. The bouquet is smoky, with cherry plum fruit and a fair amount of alcohol mingled with mentholated spice and some wet green leather. On the palate it's full, with rich cherry plum fruit supported by smooth sweet tannins and moderate berry fruit acidity; it's harmonious and quite pleasant to drink, though given its power I would pair it with foods rather than drink it by itself. What foods? A hearty stew, or a succulent roast.
Score: 85-7

Polvanera 16 Primitivo Gioia del Colle DOC 2005

This is strong, 16%, because that's what the sunlight brings. The wine is deep pyrope ruby with black reflections and cherry rim. The bouquet is fairly intense, with berry fruit laced with spice and some mentholated accents, and hints of green leather as well. Also sweetness that is at least in part alcohol. On the palate it's ample and rich, with powerful prune cherry fruit supported by tannins that have a warm savory overlay and flow into a long warm finish; there is also some balsamic acidity to provide direction. It's a massive wine, and as such particular -- many will find it too much -- but if you like the style you will enjoy it very much, and it will do interesting things as it ages too.
Score: 85-8

Candido Salice Salantino Aleatico DOC 2002

Pale almandine with orange rim. The bouquet is fairly rich with sweet cherry fruit supported by acidity, sugars, and iodine, and also some hopiness. Very nice, with great depth and elegance. On the palate it's full, and sweet, and a little softer than I expected, with nice berry fruit supported by a mixture of sweetness and some quinine bitterness that flows into a clean sweet finish, again tempered by hints of quinine. A nice wine one can converse with.
Score: 90

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