Primitivo di Manduria
Primitivo di Manduria is a large zone in southern Puglia for wines made from the Primitivo grape. This part of the region, near Brindisi, is quite warm, as with most of Puglia, making it ideal for ripening red varieties. Primitivo itself, similar to Zinfandel from California (but not identical) is a robust red with plenty of spice and dark fruit flavors, along with medium-weight tannins. Most producers age these wines in small oak barrels to ratchet up the color and spicy components. While there are sweet versions produced, these are rarely seen outside the region. Expect to pay anywhere from $12- $30 for these wines, with the pricier versions being made in fuller-bodied style that can drink well for seven to ten years. (Wine/Appellations)