So I ordered a few heavy reds in December, tasted each alone, then compared them, and here’s what I found. This Puglia Primitivo could better handle the alcohol than most.
This comes in at 15.5%, and it also has residual sugar, so imagine the ripeness. Yet it’s quite lively actually, far from being flabby. Slightly aromatic, with licorice aromas and a full body, quite typical for Primitivo. Interestingly, it has a Venetian accent, in the form of sour berry, leather, balsamic notes and good acidity on the palate. The sweetness is a bit overt, this is almost semi-sweet, and the alcohol is clearly noticeable on the finish, but it’s not overwhelming. Be prepared for dessert wine when buying this.