Wine Data
Appellation:  Alexander Valley
Grape Varietal:  Primitivo 100%
Alcohol:  16.0%
pH:  3.2
TA:  6.0 g/L
Size:  750ml

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Retail Price: $45.00

The 2018 Series:  Primitivo

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 connections 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 varietal 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 2018 growing season began a bit cooler than the past few vintages, but we had near perfect fruit set with moderate summer temperatures and relatively few heat spikes.  The mild weather led to a longer hang time, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly.

After harvest the grapes were de-stemmed into 1/2 ton macro bins for fermentation with Rockpile yeast.  This yeast is perfect for rich concentrated reds and adds a lushness to the wine.  After fermentation the wine aged for 19 months in eleven American oak barrels.

The 2018 Alexander School Reserve Primitivo offers aromas of blueberry and red cherry with a little oak and vanilla.  This is a spicy wine with floral notes and flavors of cranberry, warm brown spices and cardamon.   This is a big wine with balanced acidity and a juicy finish. 



2018:  91 points & Gold Medal - Los Angeles Invitational Wine Challenge
2018:  91 points - California State Fair