Offering a dark well of black cherry, black currant, violet and cedar aromas and flavors, this red starts out opulent before turning more austere on the firm, lingering finish. Tobacco, tar and underbrush elements grace the aftertaste. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2017 through 2020. 830 cases made. BS
Proprietor Giampaolo Motta has done a terrific job with his flagship Giorgio Primo, especially in light of the challenging growing season. Dark, sensual and inviting offers an enticing mélange of mocha, cherry jam, spices, smoke, tobacco, menthol, licorice and lavender, all of which are fused together in a dark, opulent wine that captures the essence of the house style.
Made with Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Merlot (30%) and Petit Verdot (5%), the impeccable 2012 Giorgo Primo is attractive from every angle. In a recent past vintage, I had criticized this wine for being over the top, but Giampaolo Motta has refined his winemaking approach to better harness the elegance and finesse of these grapes. Don't get me wrong: The sheer power of the wine is proudly put on display. Dark fruit extraction is followed by bursting plum, blackberry and sweet spice. I drank this wine over the course of 24 hours and was thrilled to see its exciting evolution. With time, truffles, wet earth and even a touch of sharp Pecorino cheese begin to emerge. If you are in the market for a bold, age-worthy blockbuster from Tuscany, Giorgio Primo is for you.
Beautiful, complex aromas of blueberry, blackberry and black licorice follow through to a full body, ultra-refined tannins and a finish that lasts for minutes. Give this a few years in the bottle to completely come together. Better in 2016.
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