The first of a couple tasting notes from Trader Joe’s wines I’m trying out for potential house wines. I’d like to stay in the $10 a bottle or less range for everyday vino and I did like the 2004 vintage of this Primitivo earlier this year. My criteria other than price is food friendliness and something that would give a $25 wine a run for it’s money. This one delivers on the former but falls well short on the latter. Still it’s a decent quaffer for Italian fare.
Campagna Gello, “Il Valore”, Primitivo, IGT Puglia 2005 ($4) – Dark purple in color with aromas of dark fruit, earth and violets. Tart cranberry, black cherry and black pepper flavors finishing with medium tannins. Not bad for $4 but I liked the 2004 better as it seemed to have more weight on the palate. Would be a good pizza or pasta wine, however.
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