Primitivo DOC Il Sogno 2020 – Cantine Imperatore
Aging for 36 months. Initially, 24 months in barrels from the Burgundy region followed by 12 months in larger casks. Garnet red with orange highlights. Elegant and velvety, it reveals an aromatic bouquet of remarkable persistence and breadth. Pleasant, well-balanced, full-bodied, slightly tannic, and harmonious. Perfectly pairs with noble game roasts, beef, lamb and aged cheeses.
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The winery places a strong emphasis on respecting nature and plants. The wine is crafted using natural methods, drawing inspiration from the past while looking to the future. The hallmark of their production is the evident elegance that shines through in every bottle. They produce five Primitivo crus in the Adelfia hills in Puglia (DOC Gioia del Colle), with each bottle sourced from its own small, naturally managed, and transitioning organic bush vine vineyard.
The name derives from the italian Primaticcio, meaning first to ripen. In fact it is one of the first grapes to be picked in Italy, usually in August. Primitivo is a variety of red grape grown across Puglia, which has found its ideal habitat in two areas above all others: the red soils of the Taranto Province where it is used to make Primitivo di Manduria and among the hills of Gioia del Colle in the Bari Province, and in the Murgia uplands.
The Primitivo vine is averagely vigorous and matures early, giving low-medium yields. It suffers drought, spring frosts, flower abortion and high temperatures. Its most problematic characteristic is its tendency to over-ripen very rapidly: sometimes a delay of just a few days in harvesting will lead to shrivelled grapes with a rapid loss of acidity and fresh flavours.
The typical grape cluster is small and elongated, loose with round berries. The skin is delicate and quite thin, and for this reason it is sensitive to humidity and moulds.
It easily reaches high alcohol levels and historically used to boost up more famous wines in France and northen Italy. Also known as Zinfandel in the USA, in 1994 the 2 varieties have been proven to be genetically identical.