Giuseppe Attanasio Primitivo di Manduria 2015 (Apulia, Italy)

Giuseppe Attanasio Primitivo di Manduria 2015
(Apulia, Italy)

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About the Winery:
The grandson of the winery’s founder Giuseppe (whose name still graces the labels), Alessandro Attanasio farms seven hectares of primarily bush-trained Primitivo in the province of Taranto, hard on the northern coast of the Ionian Sea in southern Puglia. He works these stingy old vines—which give him 40 hectoliters per hectare in a bountiful vintage, and 20 in a tough one—according to old agrarian practices: following the phases of the moon; employing only copper and sulfur to treat against disease; fertilizing with manure and humus; and these being bush vines, conducting all vineyard work manually and harvesting by hand. This zone’s reddish soils of silty clay over friable tufo limestone yield wines of intensely rich fruit shot through with a cleansing minerality and framed by a savory salinity that speaks of the nearby Ionian, and Alessandro harnesses these elements into Primitivo that demonstrates with authority that equilibrium can exist even in wines of extremes.

"The Attanasio family’s bold, wild Primitivo di Manduria grabbed us by the collar and all but forced us to reckon with it. Intense ripeness as a true expression of terroir is vastly different from intense ripeness as an end goal of winegrowing and winemaking, and in wines such as Attanasio’s it is simply a fact of nature—and just one part of a riveting whole." - Rosenthal Wine Merchant

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - Wine Advocate (2012 Vintage):
"Wow, here's a wine that packs a serious punch. There's no way getting around the 16.5% alcohol that bursts from the bouquet of the 2012 Primitivo di Manduria. This knockout wine delivers a dark succession of cherry liqueur, crème de cassis, sherry, caramel and candied fruit aromas. One aroma that is very distinctive is Mon Chéri chocolate covered cherries. The wine is aged in barrique for 12 months so you also get cinnamon and allspice. The off-dry finish (there is some recognizable residual sugar) drinks more like a fortified wine. I'm going out on a limb here with a high score that prizes the sheer determination and courage taken by this extreme wine. My thought is: If you are going to be a super sized Primitivo, then wear it with pride. Given the indestructible nature of this wine, you can count on its long aging potential. Beware, this wine is not for the faint of heart." - Monica Larner (August 2016)