, and Maroni
. See the chart. The 2011 vintage is at the top of the 2014 list, and the 2010 vintage was at the top of the 2013 list. The winemaker is obsessive, has Freudian inspiration, and turns out a world class product year after year. Translation: you really don't
want to miss this Es!!
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"Good full ruby. Brooding aromas of dark cherry, cassis, milk chocolate, tobacco and aromatic herbs. Dense and opulent in the mouth, with the superripe red fruit flavors lifted by a violet quality. Wonderfully energetic for such a fat, decadently styled wine, finishing with noble, velvety tannins and palate-saturating ripe red fruits and minerals. This is an amazing wine made from century-old primitivo vines and minuscule yields. It has had nothing but a string of outstanding vintages right from day one, and is now rightfully considered to be one of Italy's top 20 red wines." March/April 2014
"Es according to Sigmund Freud: it is instinct and wild passion - the same used to produce this wine - with no conditions, no rules, beyond space and time, logic or morals. It doesn't know good and bad. Es submits to one principle only: PLEASURE.
Ruby-red in color with purple reflections, this wine has aromas of red fruit, pepper, sweet spice and cardamom. Recommended to pair with foods such as gnocchi bathed in tomato sauces, roasted lamb shank and braised beef."
||@ 9 months in oak barriques (50% new, 50% once-used); 6 months further refining in bottle
||1,250 dozen made
This is the second vintage in a row that Gianfranco Fino's 'Es' Primitivo di Mandurai has been named Italy's #1 red wine!! The five most important Italian wine magazines do an annual compilation which results in a best-of-the-best list of Italian wines. They are: