Wine Data

Appellation: Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal: Primitivo 100%

Alcohol: 16.3%

pH: 3.27

TA: 6.7 g/L

Size: 750ml


Retail Price: $45.00

Our Primitivo is a unique varietal, one not often seen in California.

Primitivo is famous in southern Italy, particularly in the Puglia region (the country’s boot heel) where the grape thrives. In California, there have been many debates on Primitivo’s family con-nections to Zinfandel. Definitive genetic analysis completed at UC Davis in 2003 ultimately made a crucial link when it proved that California’s Zinfandel, Italy’s Primitivo and Croatia’s Crljenak/Pribidrag all share the same DNA profile.

At Alexander Valley Vineyards, we’ve always been intrigued by the Zinfandel connection. In 2000 we planted an acre of Primitivo high above our estate. It quickly became apparent that the varie-tal had very different flavor profiles than Zinfandel planted in the same area. Those differences make it a perfect varietal for the Alexander School Reserve series.

The 2014 growing season was very similar to 2013. The ongoing drought combined with a mild winter and spring caused an early bud break, but the overall length of the growing season was sim-ilar to past years. The lack of rain did not impact our fruit due to moderate temperatures through-out the growing season and the grapes ripened evenly and reached peak maturity about two weeks earlier than in 2013. The grapes had excellent quality and harvest proceeded at a fairly quick pace. While news of the drought dominated conversations everywhere, there was an up-side; the grapes had rich, concentrated flavors, much like the 2013s.

The 2014 Alexander School Reserve Primitivo offers aromas of blueberry and red cherry and distinctive flavors of blueberry, red cherry and cranberry along with a hint of warm spices.   This is a plush wine with great acidity and grippy tannins on the finish. 


2013: 90 Points - Wine Advocate