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Pillastro Primitivo 2013
Puglia IGT, Italy

Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
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This sumptuous red blend comes from the south of Italy, but its exuberant fruity qualities pair perfectly with charming romantic drama Three Coins in the Fountain, shot on location in Rome in spectacular Cinemascope. At once dark and charming, like Italian playboy Dino (Louis Jourdan), with notes of oak and vanilla, like the poor but noble Giorgio (Rossano Brazzi), this is a lush and lovely wine for a magical film.

THE WINE

Dark, fruit-rich and always charming, Primitivo is the godfather of southern Italian grapes – and Pillastro is a hit with allho taste it. Crafted for you by Vinitaly’s Winemaker of the Year Angelo Maci (the force behind three-time Italian Winery of the Year Cantine Due Palme), Pillastro’s pedigree boasts more than 60 awards, including SIX gold medals. “Lush and lovely ... not expensive and terrifically drinkable,” says top critic Malcolm Gluck. As you’ll taste, this berry-laced 2013 continues the tradition.

THE GRAPE

Thanks to DNA testing, we know that Primitivo is identical to California’s red star, Zinfandel. As with any globe-trotting grape though, wines ultimately reflect their origin (and, with world-class gems like this, the deft touch of a talented winemaker). True to the ‘primi’ in its name, Primitivo ripens early in Puglia’s hot, dry climate, and the region’s ancient vines produce intensely concentrated flavors. Angelo selects the best fruit, and oak ages the wine for extra depths of flavor.

THE REGION

“Puglia is one of Italy’s prime newwave wine sources, delivering terrific value for money,” writes UK newspaper The Times. With plentiful sun and those miserly (flavor-boosting) ancient vines, this deep southern region was well-placed for the winemaking revolution that’s occurred here in recent decades. Cantine Due Palme’s huge success has really helped boost Puglia’s international reputation.

WITH FOOD

Full of lush raspberry, plum, spicy vanilla and mocha, this charmer is a treat on its own, though it’s just as delightful with Italian fare. In Puglia, they’d raise a glass with favorites like orecchiette alla Barese (the region's signature earshaped pasta with broccoli rabe), cutteridde (ovenbraised lamb with greens) and braciolini (beef rolls). Grilled lamb or pork chops would also be delicious.

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