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Casa Smith Porcospino Primitivo 2019

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

If you're thinking pizza! If you're thinking spaghetti! If you're thinking steak! Winemaker Charles Smith has got a wine for you. Black and red raspberry, blackberry, pencil shavings and campfire ash. Medium-bodied and full-flavored. A wine just waiting to be drunk. So just drink.

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Jeb Dunnuck

Coming from the Northridge Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope, the 2019 Primitivo Porcospino offers a forward, jammy style that gives up juicy red and blue fruit as well as peppery herbs and spice. Medium-bodied, charming, balanced, and certainly delicious, with a dry finish, it would make a great house red to enjoy over the coming 4-6 years.

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A collection of wines produced from classic varietals of Italy. Starting in the north, Barbera from Piedmont. Traveling through Tuscany with Sangiovese and finishing in the land of Primitivo: Puglia. These are the Washington grown grapes from the single vineyard selections, Cervo, Cinghiale, Porcospino. Made for you by the Famiglia Smith: Charles, Ginevra, Charlotte.
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Wahluke Slope Wine

Columbia Valley, Washington

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Distinguished by a broad, south-exposed, uniform slope and landlocked by the Columbia River to its south and Saddle Mountains to its north, the Wahluke Slope AVA of Washington holds 15% of the total vine acreage of the state and takes its name from the Native American word for “watering place.”

Incidentally the Wahluke Slope AVA has one of the hottest and driest climates of the state so irrigation is not only essential, but also allows complete grower control of vine vigor. On top of its arid and warm environment, strong summer winds blow across this broad slope and ensure both smaller leaf size and grape clusters. The result is top quality wines with great concentration, phenolic ripeness, body and depth of flavor.

Vineyards cover the AVA from 425 to 1,480 feet along the slope. Its deep soils of wind-blown alluvium and sand with a depth, on average, of more than 5 feet along the continuous grade allow optimal drainage for the vines.

Thriving varieties include Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc.

Merlots are rich in sweet, ripe cherry, red currant, raspberry and cocoa. Syrahs tend to express black and blue fruit along with savory notes. Wahluke Cabernets are rich in stewed red and black berries.

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Loved for its inky, brambly, fruit-driven wines, the Primitivo grape actually has Croatian origin. Primitivo landed in Italy in the late 1800s and became an important variety in the hot, dry, southern region of Puglia. Here it was named from the Latin word, primativus, meaning "first to ripen." Somm Secret—No one knew Primitivo and Zinfandel were the same until 1994 when DNA profiling at UC Davis finally revealed the link. The grape goes by the name of Tribidrag in Croatia and is a parent to Plavac Mali.

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