luccarelli "Campo Marina" Primitivo 2017 from Puglia in the heel of Italy
Gorgeous wine and not what I had been expecting after the flagrantly fruity entry level Luccarelli wines, such as the ever-popular and pleasing Negroamaro 2017. The Negroamaro is a raw wine of fruit power but it is made quickly and with no time in barrel. In contrast, the Luccarelli "Campo Marino" Primitivo 2016 has 8 months in oak barrels where it gathers complexity, smoothness, and maturity. The oak barrels are old and barely mark the wine at all yet the time in barrel makes for some telling differences: the fruit is more restrained than in the Negroamaro, it's still intense but it is polished, bright, and pure, less youthful and more Bordeaux-like in its elegance, and then the palate is much firmer and more serious with a very long finish, which also bodes well for its cellaring prospects. This is a smoking-good wine and a very clear step up in quality from the Negroamaro.
Sealed with Diam the uncorkable cork. Drink now to 2030.
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