Il Papavero Primitivo 2018

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Every year, fifth-generation winemaker Scipione Giuliani scours the vineyards of sunny Puglia (the ‘heel’ of Italy’s boot), searching for the perfect grapes to use in his Il Papavero (‘the poppy’) reds. As many of our customers have discovered, his quality obsession pays off.

Boasting a long history of international acclaim, this rich Primitivo is crafted from one of Scipione’s best discoveries: a tiny plot of 50-year-old vines that yield just enough fruit to make a powerfully rich, succulent-fruited red.

In the glass, look for the signature Papavero charm – layer upon layer of super-ripe fruit flavors. Expect juicy mouthfuls of dark plums and spicy raisins, along with toasty chocolate and soft, warm oak notes. To match the richness of the fruit, Scipione aged the wine in barrel for a few months, lending it mellow roundness and complexity.

Serve to good friends, preferably with a heaping bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, or hearty braised lamb. And make sure to hurry for your share.