Our Primitivo grapes come from a beautiful hillside vineyard on the
north side of Clear Lake in Lake County. The grapes are on well-drained
soil and planted on wire. The combination of rolling hills and nurturing
heat ripen this vineyard and retain the great acidity and flavor this variety
is known for.
The grapes are hand picked and trucked to our winery. The stems are
removed from the clusters without crushing the berries – a gentle process
that minimizes the bitter components from skins and seeds.
The grapes are introduced to a pure strain of wine yeast in stainless
steel tanks, and the bright, crisp flavors begin to emerge as fermentation
progresses. The wine is then “pressed” off the skins, minimizing bitterness
from seeds and skin, settled and racked to American Oak, of which
approximately 30% is new.
Primitivo is a clone of Zinfandel with small berries on a fairly large, loose
cluster less susceptible to rot. They ripen more uniformly than other Zin
Our 2016 Primitivo exhibits classic aromas of strawberry, cranberry jam, rhubarb, currants, green olive and coffee with toasty notes of oak. The palate is full with fresh acidity and beautifully rich tannin that lingers throughout with a rich, opulent finish. Enjoy this wine with hearty Italian food.