#8 Cosimo Taurino 7° Ceppo Primitivo 2019
A wine built to honor the seventh generation of winemakers of the Taurino family. This wine came to us late in 2022, even though its name literally means to arrive early, and even though it was tardy. it still made a large enough impression on us to crack our Top 10. From the heel of the Italian boot, the grapes for this Primitivo wine come from the Manduria region from vines planted as trees of about 70 years. Its distinctiveness comes from the fact that the winemakers use no wood, only stainless-steel. Made from 100% Primitivo and fit for long maturing, it has a dark cherry-red color with ripe red fruits and an herbal edge. It is moderately dry for a Primitivo but still shows off the grape’s classic flavors and palate. Tasty with your meal of choice or paired with a roaring fire. Your choice.