Grifone Primitivo 2013
As is often the case with lower-cost wines, we happened to find a "good batch" of 2013 Primitivo which we have not been able to duplicate since. The most recent vintage was disappointingly weak, and nearly undrinkable. Sadly, the reviews below are no longer valid, and we can no longer recommend the Grifone Primitivo. Consider this page a tale of two (very different) wines.
Navigating the Trader Joe's wine section is a hit or miss proposition. There are some great values, to be sure, but many clunkers, so when we uncover a real bargain, it is like finding a gold coin on the ground. We found a really nice Amarone for less than $16 there, which is now one of our go-to faves. Add to that list the 2013 Grifone Primitivo. This is basically a smooth, fruity Zinfandel, with a balancing acidity that, frankly, shocked me considering the price. This was a treat to drink, like sweet tarts with a peppery finish, and for only $5 a bottle, an incredible steal.
As Brian mentioned, the TJ's wine section is much like the classic carnival attraction: throwing darts at the wall of balloons. Most of the time, you miss; occasionally, though, you pop a balloon and receive the giant stuffed monkey. In our case, instead of the monkey, we received a really good wine value. Our most recent find, the Grifone Primitivo, is a lip-smacking delight. The aroma suggested crabapples and the flavor was full of cranberries. Grifone had a pleasant acidity and warm finish. Like nearly all Italian wines, this one would be killer with food, especially a dish with a rich, red meat.
- Producer: Roccadoro
- Region/Appellation: Puglia, Italy
- Grape Varieties: Primitivo
- Vintage: 2013
- Alcohol: 13%
- Price: $5
See if you can find the 2013. Stay away from anything later than that.