Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Updated Review: **** $$ Tenuta Viglione Primitivo, Puglia, Italy, 2008 = GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Primitivo is the same grape as zinfandel, usually described as primitivo when produced in Italy.  This one comes from the Puglia area, in Italy's "boot".

Original tasting and review, July, 2011: This is Tenuta Viglione Primitivo, Puglia, Italy, 2008.

In the glass:  Medium deep red with purple highlights.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows shy but fragrant old-world bramble and small red berries.  From the aroma, seems like this will be light, layered and balanced.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact fragrant and perfumed too.  Aromas dancing in your cheeks - sweet cayenne, red cherry. Clean, crisp finish. Little specks of red berry juice come dripping out of the surrounding acids for a  surprisingly long time.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Following long decant, one day in partially filled bottle kept at room temperature:  More perfumed plums on the nose.  Sweet berries and spices now nicely balanced on the palate.  Earns a plus for this balancing act.  Good value.

Updated review, over a year later,  August, 2012:  Consistent deep red color.  Soft, red berry aromatics.  Balanced, soft cinnamon, red fruit and black pepper palate, well-layered.  Some milk chocolate as it moves to a wonderfully clean finish.  Retains a strong three stars with plus for the outstanding balance, remains a good value at its modest price point.  

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