This Weekend's Pick

Wine of the Weekend

San Marzano Talò Primitivo di Manduria 2020

Saint Patrick’s Day may have you seeing green, maybe even drinking green, but you should remember to pour some red this weekend. A smooth, rich red will be a perfect follow up alongside some comfort food for Saturday night. We’ll be pouring San Marzano Talò Primitivo 2020 and ordering a pizza to go Italian after a day of being Irish on Friday. Sláinte to Friday and Saluti to Saturday!

Tasting Notes: Generous flavours of plum, juicy black cherry, vanilla, chocolate and spice abound. Soft tannins linger with the ripe fruit flavours through a lengthy finish.

Enjoy With: Grilled or smoked chicken or pork with a sweet’n’spicy barbecue sauce, stews and braised meats, pizza, and flavourful grilled veggies like red pepper, portobello mushrooms or eggplant. For a cheese pairing, try stronger flavours like aged cheddar or smoked gouda to match the bold fruit and spice of Primitivo.

Style: A full-bodied, rich, smooth red wine.

Terroir/Region: If Italy is a boot, Puglia is the heel and coastal region moving north. Puglia produces over half of Italy’s olive oil along with many of its best wine values. Some of the most popular Apulian wines are made from the Primitivo grape (a.k.a. Zinfandel), which is perfectly matched against the hot Mediterranean sun and cool sea breezes, leading to rich and balanced wines.

Producer: In 1962,19 grape growers from San Marzano, whose families had farmed the land for generations, combined their efforts to establish Cantine San Marzano. Through the decades, this cooperative has grown using modern techniques to produce elegant wines but without forgetting their roots and the old Apulian wine traditions.

AvailabilitySan Marzano Talò Primitivo di Manduria 2020 will be available on Saturday, March 18 for online ordering and in the Vintages section of your local LCBO.

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Price: $19.95 

LCBO #: 455220

Size: 750 mL 

Alcohol Content: 14% alc./vol.