The Attanasio family’s bold, wild Primitivo di Manduria grabbed us by the collar and all but forced us to reckon with it. Intense ripeness as a true expression of terroir is vastly different from intense ripeness as an end goal of winegrowing and winemaking, and in wines such as Attanasio’s, it is simply a fact of nature—and just one part of a riveting whole.
Alessandro Attanasio farms seven hectares of primarily bush-trained Primitivo in the province of Taranto in southern Puglia according to traditional and organic viticultural practices. The zone’s reddish soils of silty clay yield wines of intensely rich fruit shot through with a cleansing minerality and framed by a savory salinity that speaks of the nearby Ionian Sea. Alessandro harnesses these elements into Primitivo that demonstrates with authority that equilibrium can exist even in wines of extremes.