La Casada, Primitivo, IGT Salento, Puglia, Italy, 2013
This wine: lot No. L14/185 (on neck), varietal primitivo (legally >= 85% primitivo), screw-cap closure, 13% abv, Gauntleys bin end, £6.70 (£10) 12/18
Consumer tasting note: no sign of tell-tale chocolate on this primitivo, showing a rich but abbreviated profile of black cherry and olive, a whiff of toast, a lift of violets, before developing a dominating note of warm black liquorice; full-bodied and smooth, with soft(ish) tannins and a simple palate of blackcurrant boiled sweets, black cherry and liquorice. Finishes medium-long. Drink now –
RTD, but will keep – Wait. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears [a small quantity of tartrate crystals].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of black cherry, a hint of toast, a creamy lactic edge, beeswax, touch of struck match, black olive, touch of violets, black liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, soft medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, full body, medium (+) intensity, a velvety texture with a sense of sweetness in mid-palate, with flavours of blackcurrant boiled sweets, ripe black cherry, tarry black liquorice. A medium (+) length with a clean black fruited finish, tarry liquorice on the end, with the tannins becoming a little drying.
Quality: good, well-balanced acidity and soft tannins, which become a little drying on the finish, with alcohol; sound intensity throughout, though a little reticent on the nose at first; showing moderate complexity on the nose, slightly better concentration, with evidence of well-integrated oak (toast), and time in bottle (beeswax, black olive), quite simple in mid-palate; follows into a sound medium-long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for a year or two – balanced now, an easy drinking style, not showing any remarkable character that would justify cellar space.