Founded in 1986 by Dr. Alfred DeLorimier (Head of Pediatric Surgery at UCSF from many years… ). He planted your regular Cabernet and Chardonnay, but also some “odd” varietals such as Primitivo.
James Suckling said: “When you’re tired of the same old Pinot or Cabernet, try a juicy Primitivo. Primitivo, the Italian name for zinfandel, has shed its past as an obscure blending grape in inexpensive wines, and it is now being made into distinctive, high-quality, varietal wines.”
FYI: DNA analysis from UC Davis in California in the late 1990s proved that the primitivo grape of Italy is genetically identical to the California zinfandel grape. Starting in 1999, Italian producers could legally label their primitivo wines as zinfandel, which allowed them to gain popularity as varietal wines in the export market. Plantings of primitivo grapes have increased by about 50% since their low point in the 1990s.
DeLorimier 2019 Primitivo “Wedding Cake Vineyard” Alexander Valley
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Black cherries, touch of bittersweet chocolate, incense, brambly spice, and violet characteristics all emerge from this medium-bodied, creamy textured, seamless, gorgeously pure beauty that offers incredible pleasure and character.
Winery Notes: “Fresh raspberry aromatics laced with the perfect amount of black pepper create an inviting entry. The silken mouthfeel reveals a dense core of red and black raspberries. Subtle yet prominent mixed baking spices and spicy pepper, along with mocha and dark chocolate, add depth to this delicious, fruit-driven wine. Another layer of rich berry essence hits mid-palate, lifting the flavors into a bright, expansive finish. A fun wine to pair with a berry-centric dessert dusted with cocoa, but it will also enhance a meal of blackened chicken with fruit salsa or balsamic-glazed pork chops.”
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