Schola Sarmenti Critera Primitivo 2017
Primitivo is a well-structured wine, genetically similar to Zinfandel, and is beautifully structured with both plentiful acid and tannins. We found blue fruits, cherries, basking spices and hints of smoked meat balanced by zesty red fruits. Deliciously zippy and very easy to drink.
Salento, Puglia, Italy
93pts Kim Brebach
Schola Sarmenti can be found in the Salento region of Italy and specialises in Primitivo and Negro Amaro. They work with an unusually high percentage of old vines and have been instrumental in preserving the ancient Apulian vine training system called Albarello. Also known as ‘little trees’ it’s a form of cultivation which requires intensive manual care of each vine and ongoing pruning… it is expensive to do but allows good aeration and light exposure for the fruit and produces wines with an unusual intensity of flavour. Schola do not use chemical fertilisers or weed killers and while not organically certified grow their fruit using organic methods. These are delicious, handcrafted wines made with love.
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