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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.
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(43 Reviews) 29
Rating Snapshot(43 reviews)
39 out of 43(91%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
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.
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I enjoyed this one immediately at the first taste and it really held its own a couple of days later, the taste changing remarkably little. It has a light well-balanced taste, not too fruity and with some interesting stuff going on. I kept thinking apples afterwards.
One of the best Primitivo's available at this price. Has great body to be paired with meat, yet is light enough to be a perfect compliment for wine and cheese parties. I recommend it to all my friends!
The 2010 Pillastro Primitivo turned out to be a good bottle of wine although not quite as good as the 2008 vintage. It poured an almost blackberry color. Its nose was quite interesting and it projected the aromas of black currants, smoke, tobacco leaf and some sweet smelling floral notes which I cannot define. It was soft on the palate with black currant & blackberry fruit flavors which were on the sweet and jammy side. The depth, complexity and finish could all be rated at medium. Overall a good bottle of wine for an easy on the pocket price.
The nose is very jammy with smooth vanilla. I think "Toast with Jam". The finish of the nose hints a chocolate as well which made this a very nice surprise.
Blackberry jam with hints of chocolate and clay open up the flavor of the wine. It's dry but pretty well balanced. The clay flavor seems to linger. This would pair excellent with salami or any spicy meat. Perhaps a cajun ribeye.
I liked this wine and guessed it valued at $13. Close on the price point. If you have it, pair it well with medium rare steak cajun style and you will enjoy them both. I would buy this again.
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Review 20 for Pillastro Primitivo 2010
My Favorite Wine is:Red & White Wine
Date:March 1, 2013
wife and i loved it and have purchased more. complex flavors, very smooth.