91 POINTS: VINOUS - Dark and imposing, the 2019 Primitivo di Manduria Papale opens with an earthy blend of wild herbs, black olives and wet stones, all lifted by a mint hint. It’s velvety in feel yet not weighty. A juicy acidity energizes its ripe wild berry fruits as cinnamon and clove nuances evolve toward the close. This finishes long, staining the senses in primary concentration. Mildly edgy tannins tug at the cheeks. I find myself enamored by this rich and complex Primitivo, which also does a marvelous job of remaining balanced despite its large-scale persona.
90 POINTS: JAMES SUCKLING - Wild-strawberry and raspberry character. Medium to full body, slightly firm tannins and a clean, fruity finish with red licorice and vanilla. Drink now.