Le Passanti Primitivo

In another era, bonfires would dot the nighttime landscape of Puglia during cooler months. They represented an essential convivial moment for the people who inhabit this land: As it lit up the night sky, the bonfire was a way for them to come together and socialize, to keep each other warm, and to share a glass of wine and a bit of food on a winter evening.

Le Passanti Primitivo, made from a selection of top fruit from one of our best vineyards, is named after those traditional bonfires because the wine itself is a nod to one of the grandest traditions of Pugliese winemaking. While Primitivo grown in Salento on the Adriatic side of Pugliese peninsula makes for light, fresh, youthful wines, the Primitivo grown on the Ionian coast — the spiritual home of Primitivo — is intensely rich in color and flavor. Thanks to the setting sun of the west, the berries on these vines achieve excellent ripeness. But the proximity to the sea (literally a stone’s throw away) also provides the ventilation needed to maintain the freshness and vibrancy. The resulting wines have remarkable depth and nuance.

The grapes for this benchmark, cru-designate expression of Primitivo are sourced from one western Puglia’s top vineyards.

TRAINING Cordon-trained spur pruned
HARVEST Between late August and first decade of September
VINIFICATION 5-7 days of maceration with daily delestage. Fermentation at 24° C
AGING Just a small amount is aged in American barriques
AGING POTENTIAL Ready to drink. Peak of evolution in 3-4 years
SERVE AT 18° C. (64° F.)

Tasting Notes

COLOR: Intense ruby red with hints of violet

NOSE: Wild and impetuous with notes of sour cherry, cassis, and mint. Bay, cumin, and sage. A touch of rhubarb and delicate smoky note. Iron, vetiver, and Gargano orange.

PALATE: Seductive, rich, and smooth. Powerful structure with acidity that balances the wine’s elegant tannic character.

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