What better way to celebrate the New Year than a nice dinner with family, friends, and most importantly... WINE!

Tonight, I threw a bottle of wine in the car and trekked to the in-laws for a nice pork dinner. Aside from meeting my wife's best friend's new boyfriend, dinner came with another treat. Instead of going with my unoriginally boring pairing of Pinot Noir... I decided to try something new and open a bottle of Primitivo from Collier Falls.

The Wine:
Collier Falls Dry Creek Valley Sonoma Primitivo 2006

The Good:
Since I've never had a Primitivo before, I wasn't sure what to expect. I went into this affair expecting a "Zinfandel tasting" wine. Although this particular bottle went well with the pork dinner, it was nothing like a Zinfandel. However, if you like your wine with a full but a bit sweet body, this one is for you.

The Bad:
This wine is in dire need of a treadmill or several sessions of 30 minute abs. Its "flabby" taste and unsupported structure left me a bit disappointed and wondering... are all Primitivos like this? This particular Italian lady spent way too much time on the couch watching soaps and eating bon bons.

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drinknectar said...

Ha! Definitly not the lady on the sunny Italian beaches going topless with a thong huh!

Maybe you should see if Hard Row will send you over one of their Primitivo's since Don spoke so highly of it.

Josh @nectarwine

The Wine Whore said...

That's for sure! :P

Funny thing is that Don sent me a couple of bottles a few weeks ago and they got frozen during shipping :(

Hopefully he'll send me some more once it warms up... and before it gets TOO warm!

How would you say this one sounds like it compares with Primitivos that you've tried?

Vinogirl said...

A rose by any other name would be a Zinfandel!
Happy New year!

The Wine Whore said...

Very true!

Happy New Year to you too!

Richard Auffrey said...

16.5% alcohol? That is a monster of a wine.

And not all Primitivos are flabby, or that high alcohol. I have never had this specific wine so don't know if you just got a bad bottle or not. The primitivos I usually drink are from Italy.

The Wine Whore said...

Yeah! That's pretty high! It was fun to drink but would have been better if it had the muscle to support all of that fat!

I'd like to compare this to a similar one from Italy... any suggestions?

Richard Auffrey said...

Try the 2007 San Marzano Primitivo or the 2007 Matane Primitivo/Merlot.

The Wine Whore said...

I just made a note! I'll try to get over to the wine shop today to see if they have it!

Thank you for the help! :)


Joe said...

I usually love southern Italian wines...Primativo, Aglianico, Negroamaro, Nero D'Avola. They're so rustic and bold. However, I'm surprised this one was "flabby". Italian wine seems to almost always be high in acid as to complement the meal with which it is always served. Sorry this one let you down!

The Wine Whore said...

A bit more acidity would have done the trick, but honestly, this one was still fun to drink. I have a bit of a sweet tooth and obviously I have NO aversion to high levels of alcohol. I think a lot of other people would have been surprised to try this one though... not quite what I expected.

I'll have to try more to really get a feel... any you'd recommend Joe?


Joe said...

Might be hard to find, but see if you can find a Copertino (a region in Apulia). Otherwise, there's a very easy-to-find (like, at Publix) one called Tormaresca Neprica (the "Ne-pri-ca" stands for "Negroamaro", "Primativo", "Cabernet Sauvignon"). It's a pretty tasty and uncomplicated drink for around $11-12.

The Wine Whore said...

Cool! Thanks Joe!

I didn't get a chance to get over to the wine shop, but I'm going to make a list and see what I can find!

Stay tuned! :)

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