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WSJwinePillastro Primitivo 2010
A huge favorite with customers and wine show judges ... star winemaker Angelo Maci's sumptuous Primitivo from southern Italy has scooped over 60 awards, including SIX gold medals. One taste of his latest release and you’ll see why.
Average Customer Rating:
(55 Reviews) 41
Rating Snapshot(55 reviews)
51 out of 55(93%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
We have had multiple vintages of the Pillastro Primitivo over the years and overall we found the 2012 vintage to be our least favorite so far. Our biggest complaint is that we found it to be very syrupy and much sweeter than previous vintages making this more of a sipping / desert type of wine rather than a good pairing for a traditional Italian style meal. In my opinion it would be great with a nice piece of thick cheesecake for desert., It poured a very blackberry type of color. Its nose projected the aromas of dense & dark fruits with a good dose of cloves added in. On the palate it provided very plump, fleshy and syrupy sweet black fruit flavors with the cloves experienced on its nose translating over to the taste with a significant clove bite to it. The finish was nice and long. We still recommend this wine and you cannot argue its value for the price, but it will appeal more to novice red wine drinkers rather than seasoned red wine drinkers.
This is a really good wine, especially for those zin lovers. very good value. Wine goes well with just about any food and even for sipping by itself. I give it 4 stars instead of 5 because the 2010 was better... had a whole case of the 2010, and it was more complex and flavorful. Still a great wine for the money
A full bodied Primitivo? I didn't believe it either. But my goodness, what a winner! We've reordered twice already.
If you are willing to step up a bit in price, the gold-labelled "gold selection" is a bit better. But if you're looking at this bottle as part of case order, by all means proceed! You won't be disappointed.
This wine's got some personality. Lots of really ripe blackberries and cherries. Nice spicy finish. It was Chinese delivery night at home, and I was really impressed with how good Pillastro went with my hot 'n spicy shredded chicken dish. I have another bottle (yay!), so I think I'll save it for my famous beef chili in the fall. Or maybe pizza later this week ...
I bought this wine because one reviewer said if you like Syrah you'll like this wine. While mostly correct, the wine drinkers in my home found it enjoyable but a little light on flavor. It still rates 5 stars for quality and value!
I brought two if these to a dinner party along with several others. We opened this bottle first and it was horrible. It was musty and moldy. I was mortified. The host dumped what was left of it and we opened a different one. I will update this when I try another one I have in my collection. The cork was good and it was handled well since it was delivered. Really disappointing but even worse embarrassing. I'm so surprised it was a customer favorite.
Response from WSJwine:By Customer Care, May 10, 2014
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