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2017 Poggio Anima Lilith Primitivo Salento IGP

2017 Poggio Anima Lilith Primitivo Salento IGP

'Dark chocolate, panforte, raisins and figs in perfume offering a hedonistic introduction. This has oomph but elegance, delivering an excellent rendition of the variety.'
93 Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

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DESCRIPTION
  • Poggio Anima is a joint venture between one of Tuscany's rising stars, Riccardo Campinoti of Le Ragnaie in Montalcino, and his U.S.A. importer Ronnie Sanders of Vine Street Imports. The Poggio Anima concept is straightforward: to source great vineyards from existing relationships and produce real wines which convey the ‘soul’ (anima) of each site and each grape variety. The wines are not ‘bulk’ wines or leftover juice, but rather they are the result of long-standing relationships with respected growers throughout Italy.

    This is the fifht vintage that the Primitivo hails from a vineyard in the Puglian heel dividing the Adriatic & Ionian seas. The vineyard is located in San Pietro in the province of Taranto toward the top of the inner portion of the Puglian heel. Here the proximity to the sea is everything with the winds acting as an air conditioner maintaining cooler afternoon highs than areas to the north. The area is primarily planted to Negroamaro but because of the extremely poor fertility in the soil select rows of Primitivo ripen well here, though yields are quite small.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    The grapes are certainly higher in sugars than usual but have nicely balanced acid and tannin. The grapes were destemmed and gently crushed with fermentation carried out in stainless tanks and a small percentage sees rotofermentation to soften the 'sweet & sour' notes often seen with Primitivo. After the primary ferment, the wine undergoes an extended maceration of 20 days, after which it is racked into 15% new French barriques where the malolactic fermentation occurs followed by aging for seven months.

    Like most of Italy, the ‘heel’ got blasted with heat. That said a mild spring promoted an early budding seemed to be a good thing but a nasty frost wreaked havoc reducing yields by 30-40%. A few months later mother nature reared her head again with a relenting furnace blast for much of the latter part of the summer.

    Matured for 7 months in French oak.
    Alcohol - 13.5%

    Varietal: 100% Primitivo
    Vintage: 2016
    Vineyard: Single Site in San Pietro
    Vine Age: 26 years old
    Yield: 4.3 tons per acre
    Soil Type: Rocky volcanic origin with limestone, red sands and red clay
    Oak: 9 months in 10% new French barrique
    Production: 3,500 cases

    TASTING NOTES

    Opaque ruby. Smoked meat, dried cherry, cracked pepper, and cassis on the deeply scented nose. Medium to full-bodied with berry cobbler flavors showing a liqueur-like intensity with an anise note coming up with air. The smoke and cassis notes carry through on the finish, which features dusty tannins. A wine of real intensity and concentration given the price point.

  • REVIEWS

    'Dark chocolate, panforte, raisins and figs in perfume offering a hedonistic introduction. Slippery texture, more of the panforte and dried fruit but likewise holds a freshness and lift with flavours drawn exceptionally long. This has oomph but elegance, delivering an excellent rendition of the variety.'
    93 Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front