Jerome Winery | Primitivo
Vintage: 2009. Full bodied with velvety warmth. Deeply colored, rich, and concentrated, disciplined flavors of zesty cherry, clove, wild blackberry, and spice. Less jammy, with a sense of Old World structure and rustic notes of earth and spice. Alcohol Content: 13.51%.
Winemaker’s Notes: There is a faint bitterness; a quality that is being used to mark Primitivo as a truly Italian varietal, quite distinct from the New World’s Zinfandel. Though considered “ready to drink’’ following bottling stress, we are enjoying a maturity of the fruit now and this will continue for another two years. This is a fine wine to cellar (over 20 years), but can be enjoyed now for its charming, vibrant fruitiness.
Pairings: Roasted, wild game, parmigiana melanzane, spicy cheeses, or dark chocolate dipped-dried orange peels and cranberries.
Jerome Winery was John McLoughlin’s first line of handcrafted wines. The wine follows a more traditional way of winemaking, bottled mainly as specific varietal wines. It hearkens back to the family's roots in the business. Family members worked in the vineyard as the first grapevines were planted and harvested by hand. The family photos on the labels honor that tradition of family and independent family businesses.