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2009 Matane Puglia, Italy Zinfandel (Primitivo)

2009 Matane Puglia, Italy Zinfandel (Primitivo)

Floral and fruitful, this wine offers notes of violets, assorted berries, spice and toasty oak.

Varietal: Zinfandel Vintage: 2009
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About This Wine

For nearly 40 years, Neil and Maria Empson have been at the forefront of Italian wine.

The Empsons are among Italy’s best known wine exporters, and in that role they have become tastemakers. They count some of the country’s finest wine estates among their clients, and have helped to make those estates famous in the United States.

In 2007, the Empsons’ daughter, Tara Smeralda, joined the family business. A year later, on a trip to the Salento Peninsula, all three fell in love with the colorful landscape and its dark red soil. They also fell in love with the wines crafted by Filippo Baccalaro for Valentino Sciotti. Before long, a partnership had been formed among the Empsons, Baccalaro and Sciotti, and the Matane label was born.

The 2009 Matane Zinfandel (a variety nearly identical genetically to Primitivo) is an amazing wine — floral, fruitful and spicy. Of course, that’s not news to Neil or Maria Empson — exporters and, now, vintners extraordinaire.

About Zinfandel

California's own grape variety. Red Zinfandel (not to be confused with "white" Zinfandel) can produce full-bodied wines packed with ripe berry fruit and smooth tannins. Flavors of blackberries and spicy pepper.

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  • Grape Composition:100% Zinfandel (Genetically the Same as Primitivo)
  • Grape Source:Italy’s Puglia Region
  • Aromas & Flavors:Violets, Assorted Berries, Red Cherry, and Hints of Spice and Toasty Oak
  • Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2013
  • Food Pairing Suggestionspicy Italian sausages, or a pepperoni pizza.

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    Big flavored dry red with cherry notes.

    1/11/2012 Scott Reich
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Recipes.

17 recipes match for this wine.

  • Radicchio Risotto Try this dish with a big red wine such as Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon. It makes 4 servings. Get The Recipe
    Pan Fried Lamb Chops This recipe, which makes 4 servings, features flavors that can be enjoyed with virtually any red wine. Turn it into a complete meal with a side dish jasmine rice. Get The Recipe
    Sausage Jambalaya This recipe makes a great meal, especially on a cold day. Try it with Syrah, Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon. And if you'd like to save a few fat grams, substitute turkey sausage for the beef. This recipe makes 8 servings. Get The Recipe
    Tuscan Style Roasted Game Hens If you're looking for a change from turkey or ham this holiday season, try this easy-to-prepare dish that matches well with both white and red wines. It serves 6... Get The Recipe
    Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Cream Our friends at Alexander Valley Vineyards came up with this wonderful recipe a few years ago. We've tried it with Cabernet Sauvignon (as the recipe calls for), as well as Merlot, Primitivo, Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel... and every time, it turns out delicious! It's best made with an ice cream maker, and if you have such a machine, it's extremely easy to assemble. Enjoy! Get The Recipe
  • Pork Tenderloin With Tart Cherry Port And Caraway Sauce This delicious recipe from Sonoma County's J. Fritz Winery matches beautifully with almost any red wine. It makes 4 to 6 servings. Get The Recipe
    Tomato Pesto Pasta A wonderful match with Cabernet Sauvignon, this recipe helps bring out the fruitful quality of the wine. It also matches nicely with other red wines, and serves 4. Get The Recipe
    Marinated London Broil This dish, the centerpiece of a sit-down dinner, matches beautifully with Zinfandel or other fruity red wines. Get The Recipe
    Grilled Figs With Gorgonzola Summer may be waning, but the grilling season continues. Petite Sirah, Zinfandel or a bold red blend would match nicely with this dish, which makes a wonderful starter course. This recipe makes enough to fill a party pass-around platter... Get The Recipe
    Veal Lasagne This recipe, which makes 4 servings, matches beautifully with Zinfandel - red, that is. Get The Recipe
  • Boeuf Bourgogne This family-sized recipe hails from the Burgundy region of France. It matches beautifully with California Petite Sirah or Zinfandel. Get The Recipe
    Summer Berry Cobbler Desserts can be tricky to match with wine, but when berries are involved, the quest becomes easier. Try this recipe, which makes 6 to 8 servings, with a fruitful Zinfandel, or almost any slightly sweet wine... Get The Recipe
    Pulled Pork Sandwich What to do with that leftover pork tenderloin? Turn it into a delicious sandwich, and pour a glass of... Get The Recipe
    Smoked Salmon Penne Pasta In a world of "anything goes" food-and-wine pairing, we're always on the lookout for recipes that match well with either white or red wines. This is one such recipe, and it makes two servings... Get The Recipe
    Broccoli Sweet Onion And Pecan Salad A flavorful salad that matches with both white and red wines - particularly Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Shiraz - this recipe makes 6 servings as a side dish, or about 3 as a main dish. Get The Recipe
  • Chestnut Cake You don't have to wait until Christmas to enjoy chestnuts. Try this recipe with Zinfandel or Primitivo for a special dessert. It makes 10 to 12 servings, depending on who's wielding the knife. CHESTNUT CAKE Ingredients... Get The Recipe
    Beef Rib Eye With Sweet Onion Topping This dish pairs beautifully with Syrah (a.k.a. Shiraz), as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and red blends. This recipe makes 4 servings Get The Recipe
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