The palate shows sweet black cherries made tart with flavors of rhubarb an unripe strawberry. Oak treatment is apparent and the aftertaste slightly artificial, like licorice strings. This is juicy and simple, not bad for the cost, but a little leg-work will find better choices in the price range.

WHO: Castello Monaci
WHAT: Primitivo
WHERE: Piluna, Italy
WHEN: 2007
HOW MUCH: $13 (Media sample)

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