Matané Il Matane Primitivo Di Mandura - Puglia, Italy
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Matané Il Matane Primitivo Di Mandura 2017 - Puglia, Italy

$65   $82

This is great……and here’s why!
90/100 James Suckling (2013 Vintage)
90/100 Wine Spectator (2012 Vintage)
90/100 Vinous (2010 Vintage)
Wine Spectator Value Picks (2015 vintage)
Wine Enthusiast Best Buys (2011 vintage)

The winemaker "Fruity, spicy and intense bouquet, with notes of plums, cherries, rosemary and vanilla. Full, mellow, well-balanced wine showing immediate appeal. Garnet color, the nose is typical of the area and reminds of ripe fruit with some secondary notes given by the oak aging. On the palate, the wine has very good concentration with ripe fruit flavors and a nice medium-length finish. Pair with sturdy first courses, red meat and game, hard cheeses."

Wine Spectator Value Picks "We discovered delicious examples in our recent tastings, highlighting the stylistic range and affordability available from Italy today. This is a medium-bodied and expressive wine, with ground coffee, vanilla and rich smoke notes layered with ripe dried strawberry and cherry flavors. Offers a well-spiced, chewy finish." (2015 vintage)

Wine Enthusiast Best Buy "This wine from southern Italy shows notes of ripe cherry, prune, cinnamon and leather. The mouthfeel is soft and seemingly sweet, making this an excellent pairing partner to tomato-based pasta sauces." (2011 vintage)

Wine Spectator "This creamy red is rich and expressive, set in a medium- to full-bodied frame, featuring light, sculpted tannins. Offers flavors of raspberry puree, star anise, cured tobacco and dried apricot, with a lasting finish of citrus and mineral. Drink now through 2025. 400 cases made." (2012 vintage)

Matané was founded by international wine entrepreneurs, Neil and Maria Empson. The winery produces premium wine in the Puglia region of Salento Peninsula. Matané was a collaboration with well known Italian winemakers Filippo Baccalaro and Valentino Sciotti with winemaking managed by Teo D’Apolito.

Salento peninsula is located on the southernmost tip of Puglia and Italy’s easternmost region. It features lush, dark red soil bathed in Mediterranean sunlight and constantly windswept by the salty air currents of the Adriatic and Ionian seas. It is known for producing silky, seductive, and structured reds.

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.

Primitivo's modern-day home is in southern Italy, particularly Puglia. It probably arrived there from the coastal vineyards of Croatia (just across the Adriatic Sea), where it is still grown today, under various tongue-twisting names including Tribidrag and Crljenak Kasteljanski. In the early 19th Century, the variety was introduced to the United States, under the name Zinfandel. It proved extremely successful there, earning a reputation as the American 'national grape'.