Andy Joughin, our Vineyard Manager for many years, was looking for interesting grapes to plant in his small home vineyard in the Los Olivos area of the Santa Ynez Valley. Varieties that would have a niche value and not compete with the more common ones. Andy consulted winemaker Bruce McGuire who recommended several Italian red varietals.
One of these was Primitivo, the primary grape of the Puglia region of Italy. Los Olivos, in the central area of the Santa Ynez Valley, has a climate similar to that of Puglia. The small lots that these grapes produce are part of our incentive to offer special bottlings of limited distibution and of interesting and unusual wines.
DNA analysis has shown that Primitivo and California's Zinfandel are genenetically similar.
Winemaker Comments: 2017 was an interesting vintage. We picked Primitivo last out of all of our red grapes which has never happened before. The fruit ripened very slowly and finally reached full ripeness in November. Long slow, development gives us great complexity.
Tasting Notes: The 2017 Primitivo is a rich opaque purple with aromas of blackberry jam, ripe plum, and turned mulch. Well-developed flavors of stewed black fruit, balsamic, and bitter dark chocolate round out the palate. Full-bodied with bold tannins, this chewy red pairs well with Italian meat sauces, sausage (with fennel), and roasted lamb.
2017 Primitivo - Joughin Vineyard
100% Joughin Vineyard Primitivo
AVA: Santa Ynez Valley
November 2, 2017
Sugar: 24.7 Brix
February 11, 2019
Total Acid: .69
12 barrel lot, 16% new French oak
Production: 288 cases
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