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2011 Primitivo Lytton Estate

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2011 Primitivo Lytton Estate

Price: $32.00

2011 Primitivo Lytton Estate
89% primitivo, 6% petite sirah, 5% carignane

Winemaker Tasting Notes
Brambly fruit on the nose with complex spicy aromas of mint, nutmeg, vanilla and thyme. On the palate: lots of black cherry fruit, medium-to-full bodied in weight, notes of mint, licorice and a clean minerally finish.

In 2004, we replanted a five-acre block on Lytton West to primitivo, the Italian name for a grape brought from Croatia to southern Italy in the late eighteenth century. This is the same grape that came from Croatia to America, via Vienna, in the 1820s as zinfandel. The grapes were hand harvested on September 21 at ideal ripeness, and fermented on the native yeasts for ten days, until dry. After a natural malolactic, the wine was racked to air-dried American oak barrels for thirteen months of aging. Rich, rustic, yet balanced, it is delicious now, and will be at its best over the next five to seven years. JO (12/12)