In a nutshell: Top quality organic Riserva Primitivo from one of the best estates in Puglia.
The lowdown: Fatalone are recognised for producing some of the most authentic expressions of Primitivo and it's terroir in Puglia. Utmost care is taken at every possible turn with a strong emphasis on sustainability. The vineyards surround the winery and are farmed organically and are not irrigated, the winery itself is run on solar power, and there are no addition of sulphites during the vinification process. The wine is aged for 12 months in stainless steel then 12 months in large Slavonian oak casks (relaxing while having a mix of chill and classical music played to it ), and finally 6 months in bottle before release. Ripe red and dark fruits on the nose with balsamic, toasted wood and spice notes. The palate is full with blackberry and mulberry fruits, spices of clove and cacao, and touches of almond on the finish. Ripe tannins, balanced acidity and a dry finish, not a rich powerful fruit bomb like some, are quality hallmarks of this wine. Complex, robust and serious. One of the best, certainly best value, Primitivos we have tried.
When to drink: Best decanted, try with grilled meats, pasta al ragu, or even dark chocolate.
Fatalone, Azienda Agricola Pasquale Petrera di Orfino Rosa
A historic small estate, it was Nicola Petrera, an ancestor of the current owner Pasquale Petrera who first started growing Primitivo grapes in the Gioia del Colle region of Puglia, but it took several more generations before they started bottling their own wine under the Fatalone label in 1987 after which time theyve never looked back. They are dedicated to organic farming and only use their own estate grown grapes in their wines. In 2003 they opened a new state-of-the-art cellar, carved in the rocks combining ancient tradition with modern techniques and technology. The cellar is solar-powered, which is part of the Fatalone philosophy to work in an entirely sustainable fashion. Pasquale is passionate about the wines of this part of Puglia and it certainly shows in their excellent products.