Experts used to think that the Italian varietal primitivo was the genetic ancestor of our American zinfandel. Although DNA testing has since proven that false (they are both related to a Croatian varietal named crljenak kaštelanski - don't ask me how to pronounce that), the taste similarities between the 2 grapes remains. Primitivo is grown primarily in Puglia and this one is from Salento, the southeastern most tip of Puglia. Being from a hot climate, primitivos can be quite large-scaled and alcoholic. This wonderful $7.99 bargain from Tratturi however, manages to avoid that monolithic profile. It shows bright cherry fruit and a touch of pepper (ala zinfandel) on the nose and is quite balanced and medium-bodied with good fruit and a finishing note of minerals. This delicious wine paired nicely with some venison burgers and is another winner from star importer Polaner Selections. Drink it up!!