Green pepper, rather than black, on the nose with hints of thyme in the background. Some blackberry notes but no great fruit and mildly herbaceous. Still, certainly a serviceable quaff in an everyday Italian. A good wine for spaghetti or sausage and peppers. Recommended.

WHO: Vini
WHAT: Primitivo
WHERE: Puglia, Italy
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: Approx. $12 (Media sample)

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Gary Thomas
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Gary Thomas is also a longtime professional journalist, and former senior correspondent at the Voice of America. He was the wine columnist for the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, TX, and has freelanced wine articles for other publications, including the Wine Spectator. He has spent much of his long journalistic career working overseas, managing to cadge needed wine in the hardiest of circumstances and unlikliest of locales, even in places like Pakistan and Iran.

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    I would certainly recommend any Primitivo. I recently had the pleasure of tasting this variety and found it to be a great quaffing wine with a considerable amount of interest in every sip!