2009 Sculpterra Primitivo

  • WHO: Sculpterra Winery
  • WHAT: 100% Primitivo
  • WHEN: 2009
  • WHERE: Paso Robles, CA
  • HOW: Cold soak prior to fermentation. Fermented partially in oak. Aged 16 Mos. 60% New American Oak. Bottled February 2011.
WHY: With the California market dominated by Zinfandel, it’s nice to share a little familial love with his reclusive twin brother Primitivo from time to time. We received the 2009 Sculpterra Primitivo as a sample from millennial winemaker Paul Frankel and happily share our tasting notes with you today.The color of the Sculpterra Primitivo looks, as you would expect a cultivar of the same variety as Zinfandel would, rich purple with a slightly garnet rim. From the beginning, it was very striking; the nose possessed notes of rhubarb, cherries, toasted oak, and tobacco. Although a hipster’s first instinct is to snort, er, inhale deeply, we let ourselves enjoy the aromas, before beginning the tasting. The aromas led to a very welcoming mouthfeel, full and almost chewy. Unlike California Zins, where their vigor can create overpowering fruit flavors, the Primitivo maintained complexity and depth expressing wet tea leaves, dark chocolate and a touch of blackberry brandy. There were very round but tart tannins and cigar box flavors on the tongue.

The Wrap: With reduced upfront fruit power, the Sculpterra Primitivo shines with secondary aged flavors. You’d never guess that this old soul was still but a wily 2 year old. This speaks highly of the winemaker, himself but a wily 20-something. We can’t wait to go visit the winery to taste through their full lineup and check out the sculpture garden on premise.

Wine Website: http://www.sculpterra.com/

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