A-Mano Primitivo

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I think I may have a house wine. I never intended to have a house wine, but then I bought a bottle of the A-Mano Primitivo you see above and really fell for it. For the price ($10.99), it has a complexity that reminds me of the nicer wines I’ve had at fancy meals out at restaurants but it isn’t so complex that you can’t pair it with robustly flavored food, like my favorite roast chicken. (I know chicken’s supposed to go with white; but this chicken is so heavily seasoned, with fennel seeds and cayenne pepper, it’s totally a match for a powerful red like this.)

In truth, I’m starting to become more of a red guy than a white guy. While a cold white is refreshing on a hot summer’s day, I really enjoy the depth and richness of red wine. And though my preference is generally for French wines (the best wines I’ve had in my life have been at French restaurants), somehow this Primitivo does the trick. And it’s an ideal house wine (defined as: a wine to keep around the house) because it pairs really well with pastas and meats and many other things you wouldn’t expect a red wine to complement; somehow it does.

Wow: I just wrote a whole post about wine. I know some readers have been eager for me to write more about wine and this was the first bottle in a long time–maybe the first bottle ever?–that inspired me to write a post. Though, just so I don’t oversell it, I do agree with this wine blogger that “the acidity [is] a little harsh.” Yet, this write-up uses impressive wine-language to capture what I do like about it: “[It] shows loads of berry fruit, less spice than a Zin, earthiness, a touch of vanilla complemented with pepper….nice acidity and a finish that adds a counterpoint of Italian burnished leather.”

Italian burnished leather! Isn’t that a little extreme? I mean Italian leather, sure, but burnished leather? Methinks these wine bloggers go too far.

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