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Primitivo

Primitivo is a dark-skinned grape known for producing inky, tannic wines, particularly Primitivo di Manduria and its naturally sweet Dolce Naturale variant. A classic Primitivo wine is high in both alcohol and tannins, intensely flavored and deeply colored. In Manduria, the fortified liquoroso variants often reach an ABV of 18%, which is dulled to 14% in the table wines. A certain bitterness is often found in Primitivo which, combined with its mouth-puckering tannins, means that it needs a few years in either bottle or barrel.

Synonyms include: Pinot Nero, Pinot Negro, Spatburgunder, Blauburgunder.

Food matches for Pinot Noir include:

  • Pappardelle pasta with a porcini ragu
  • Beetroot curry (thel-dala)
  • Wine-stewed lentils with smoked bacon

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