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Poggio Anima

2019

‘Lilith’

Primitivo   |   Salento - Italy

About

According to Hebrew texts, Lilith was the first wife of Adam. She was banished from the Garden of Eden when she refused to make herself subservient to Adam’s sexual requests. When she was cast out of the Garden, she was made into a demon, and Adam was given a second wife, Eve, who was fashioned from his rib to ensure her obedience to her man. Where Adam was created from dust, Lilith was created from filth and sediment. Primitivo refuses to be submissive to the oenology that it is the same grape as its close relative Zinfandel. Many subscribe to this idea, though they are both mutations of Crljenak, a Croatian varietal.

The vineyard is located in San Pietro in the province of Taranto toward the top of the inner portion of the Puglian heel. Here the proximity to the sea is everything with the winds acting as an air conditioner maintaining cooler afternoon highs than areas to the north. The area is primarily planted to Negroamaro but because of the extremely poor fertility in the soil select rows of Primitivo ripen well here. 2019 is a tremendous vintage and one that is highly regarded amongst the all-time 2019 red vintages. There was a very rainy start in spring, which caused irregular budding and thus pushed flowering back. When spring finally moved into summer, the weather turned ideal with warm weather setting in. Traditional summer showers came through in late June/early July which accelerated the growth cycle. Veraison set in late and the rest of summer and early autumn were truly perfect. Long hang time and harvest was deep into late September through mid-October. Quality was extremely high though quantity was down 15-20%.

The grapes were destemmed and gently crushed with fermentation carried out in stainless tanks and a small percentage sees rotofermentation to soften the ‘sweet & sour’ notes often seen with Primitivo. After the primary ferment, an additional maceration of 20 days brought more structure after which it is racked into French barriques (20% new) where it aged for nine months.

Stats

  • Grapes: 100% Primitivo
  • Vineyard: Single site in San Pietro
  • Vine Age: 28-years-old
  • Soil Type: Rocky volcanic origin with limestone, red sands and red clay
  • Viticulture: Sustainable
  • Fermentation: Inoculated – stainless-steel
  • Skin Contact: 26 days
  • Aging: 9 months in French barrique (20% new)
  • Total Production: 5,000 cases

Tasting Note

Opaque ruby. Smoked meat, dried cherry, cracked pepper, and cassis on the deeply scented nose. Medium to full-bodied with berry cobbler flavors showing a liqueur-like intensity with an anise note coming up with air. The smoke and cassis notes carry through on the finish, which features dusty tannins.

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