Prima Materia Zinfandel
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@pjmartin and the Lab Rats find bottle in a good place not young nor past its prime and almost Pinot like in character, with some briar and light berry aromas but also some florals.
@PrimaMateria poses a question in a Note from the Vintner “what did a Zin field blend taste like in 1903?”
@mrn1 a big, bold fruit bomb Zin? Not here said the Lab Rat Old World style zin grab some, you will not be disappointed.
Prima Materia Zinfandel, Kelsey Bench, Lake County
$360.00/Case for 12x Prima Materia Zinfandel, Kelsey Bench, Lake County at Prima Materia
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NV Prima Materia Zinfandel
3 bottles for $54.99 $18.33/bottle + $2.67/bottle shipping
Case of 12 for $154.99 $12.92/bottle + $1/bottle shipping
Sounds like a very interesting wine-can’t wait to see what the lab rats have to say.
We planned ahead enough to have Alice ad WD send a few rat bottles to our recent NEOhio gather last Friday @chipgreen and his lovely wife’s home. Popped the Prima Materia Zinfandel first.
While there were some Zin markers on the nose, it was not explosive out of the glass, more reserved. I did go back to it about an hour after it was popped and maybe it had a little more to offer. There was some briar and light berry aromas but also some florals. The palate was medium bodied with an almost Pinot Noir like character, certainly not a fruit bomb but more reserved. Someone mentioned it had some Scherrer - like characteristics (certainly not a bad thing there) which I could agree with. Nice mouthfeel and medium finish and went well with any of the snacks (cheese and crackers) A pleasant bottle that did not seem young nor past its prime - in a good place. The case price here is a good deal if you are looking for a Zin that is not brash and jammy. A nice start to a very nice evening.
That sounds pretty right-on. My operating puzzle when making it was thinking “what did a Zin field blend taste like in 1903?” so going with lower alcohol, sort of an old-school varietal typicity with some fruit but also bramble, earth, touch of leather, sort a restaurant glass-pour type style…
Does sound interesting, but no SC so matters not…
anyways let’s see what Wine Enthusiast says:
90 Points. This wine shows a very fresh, potent, smoky-spicy profile that’s nicely backed by ripe fruit. Elements of charred herbs and black pepper accompany plump strawberry and plum notes that capture the attention. Winemaker Pietro Buttitta blended in 7% Aglianico and 7% Petite Sirah grapes. JG 7/1/21
Note from SommSelect (retail):
“Prima Materia is a one-man operation up in Lake County (north of Napa Valley) crafts a range of wines in criminally small batches, and today’s singular non-vintage Zin maxed out at 15 barrels. It’s a lively, satisfying, high-altitude Zinfandel with European sensibility, meaning it has little in common with its jammy, excessively oaked California neighbors. Domestic winemakers love to talk about their Old-World inspirations, but Pietro Buttitta, the “one man” in question, is among the few who actually walks the walk.
Half of the fruit for today’s wine comes from the 2018 vintage, the other from 2019—the latter of which underwent partial whole-cluster fermentation. Small amounts of Aglianico and Petite Sirah add depth and structure to the blend, without interfering with Buttitta’s primary goal of preserving the wild, brambly sophistication of Primitivo. The result is an invigorating, high-elevation Zin that had us refilling our glasses and asking why more California producers who work with the variety don’t take a few pages out of Italy’s book. The goal was to highlight Lake County’s signature structure and up-front ripeness while incorporating texture, acidity, and savory notes more akin to the nuanced wines of the Old World. The fruit—wild blackberry, black plum, boysenberry, pomegranate, cranberry, and cherry—is certainly juicy, but not at all in a cloying way; rather, it mirrors the delightful freshness of just-squeezed, unripe forest berries. Accents of damp moss, sage, tobacco smoke, freshly turned earth, and black pepper add savory layers of complexity to a Zinfandel that reminds us how good this variety can taste when it’s not masked by aggressive winemaking and excessive ripeness.”
An interview May '21 in The Wine Write Magazine here
and another blurb in Wander with Wonder right here
@kaolis Wow, that SommSelect review is quite encouraging. The winemaking technique (by the described one-man operation) sounds like it made something very different from the CA Zins we often see. The specs of the blend are fascinating.
Would be amazing if the winemaker would show up on the board to take credit for his work! and maybe encourage some more sales! (hint hint…)
I would say the Somm Select review is pretty accurate if you read in-between the hype, haha.
The WE review would be more like how it was with the pasta and red sauce for me. It definitely turned into a bigger, bolder wine with that pairing versus no food or just cheese and crackers.
Yes, long day at the winery. Most of my wines run on the earthier, less jammy fruit side since that is my personal preference, and the vintages in this one sort of led in that direction anyway with 2019 being the last year with cool temps and plenty of rain! Imagine! Of note there is a good bit of Primitivo along with DuPratt Zinfandel in here, all from our little vineyard in Lake County at 1,500’ elevation. Unfined and unfiltered but I like our wines clean and bright. What else can I add? Thanks!
@kaolis sadly no Ks. either!
How much more are you saving by buying a full case?
(Note: tax and shipping are not included in savings calculations.)
Prima Materia Zinfandel, Kelsey Bench, Lake County - $65 = 29.54%
Currently at work but will post tasting notes this evening.
Pietro makes some good wines for the foodies out there. I’ve ratted a bottle and have purchased a couple cases of Prima Materia varieties, you won’t be disappointed. I haven’t had the zin and hope something like this comes around during the cooler months over here.
I need more wine like a hole in the head, but this sounds like my style of Zin!
Pietro, I’m also wondering what distinction you’re trying to draw with Zinfandel vs Primitivo?
@klezman sigh, yes.
Another SoCal splitz?
@rjquillin this happening?
@CorTot @merrybill @davirom
@CorTot @davirom @klezman @merrybill
Not without some interest shown in the next 72 minutes
@davirom @klezman @merrybill @rjquillin I can assist as needed. 4 max.
@CorTot @klezman @merrybill @rjquillin I’m out on this one. Sorry.
@CorTot @davirom @merrybill @rjquillin I can do 3 or 4. Anybody else?
Ship to CorTot or Klez?
And, by the flip of a coin…
SE MI folks! You buy, I’ll take some. 3,4,6, whatever needed.
I had the pleasure of sampling this zin at @chipgreen house last Friday evening, with my my wine buying friends @pjmartin and @msten.
If you’re looking for a big, bold fruit bomb Zin this one won’t satisfy your needs. If what you would like to add to your cellar is a varietal correct, elegant, Old World style zin grab some, you will not be disappointed.
The Prima Materia Zin has a medium body, leaning towards a Grenache or a Pinot Noir, with a nice complexity and smooth tannins. Dark fruits, plum and blackberry, along with some cherry/strawberry flavors. Add in a light spice, a little smoky flavor, and the result is a complex well balanced wine.
Enough acidity to make it a food friendly wine that would also be a great sipper on it’s own.
I found myself going back for additional tastes as our snacking and dinner progressed…I guess I liked it!
Prima Materia Zinfandel
As mentioned by my Casemates cohorts @pjmartin and @mrn1 , we had the pleasure of sampling the '18-'19 Prima Materia Zinfandel. @msten was also able to join us as we had an epic night of great food, wine and conversation with our better halves.
The nose was fairly restrained although I was able to detect raspberry and some darker fruits, along with a hint of oak.
The wine was also restrained on the palate initially. My first thought was that it wasn’t very zin-like but as it opened up in the glass, it started showing more varietal characteristics.
Earthy notes, along with raspberry and plum dominate the palate with a bit of bramble and a judicious amount of oak influence. Lighter bodied than most Zins, I can understand the Pinot Noir comparison.
There was a light spice on the medium finish that ratcheted up a few levels when paired with pasta, meatballs and red sauce.
Pleasant on its own or with food, I would say this is a notch above most Tuesday night pizza wines, which makes it a great value at the case price.
I promised Alice pics and will post some below from my phone but I’m afraid we were all about the group photos and weren’t really thinking about the tilt the glass against a white background kind of shots that would help inform purchase decisions. Sorry about that!
@chipgreen The cellar looks great! Looks like you’re enjoying the fruits of all that schlepping.
Thanks and yes, finally!
I want a basement!
Correction, wine cellar.
@chipgreen @InFrom @rjquillin and all labeled…I’m not worthy!
@chipgreen Forget the wine! Is that a Browns shirt? Browns fan since 1980!
Wait?! I see two or three empty slots chip, slacker
@chipgreen @ScottW58 Haven’t been there (sounds like a Bucket List place to visit – we are all welcome, right?). But I’d guess there may be a few more cardboard cartons hanging out somewhere in a hallway or by the basement steps, ready to fill those two or three empty slots!
Those Kardiac Kids were aptly named as they broke my heart with Red-Right-88.
Ha! Those are mostly the middle spots where I jammed the bottom legs of the top racks inside the top legs of the bottom racks in order to stack them. Most of those spots will only accommodate 375s.
By all means, if you are in the NE OH area you are welcome to visit! And yes, there is a whole room of overflow.
Back in Feb '20 I bought Prima Materia Barbera (still hanging onto 2). One of my better Casemates buy. In for 12.
I wish this one was available to Indiana. I would be in for a case.
By the way, @PrimaMateria, your comments earlier about the blend (with Primitivo) and the earthiness you go for (and not the fruit-bomby-stuff) convinced me that I “needed” this even though I have 3 other wine boxes to go pick up at UPS!
Wow, what a mess. I went to pick up my wine at storage, and the box was so weirdly overtaped with extra cardboard on top, that I asked the staff to witness me opening the box. The inside was all wet with wine, half the cardboard was collapsed, but what is very strange and frankly annoying, is that apparently 2 broken bottles were removed and replaced with a Winston Hill Red 2018. One, not what I ordered, two, too lazy to take the wine drenched cardboard out of the box and repack it in a clean box? Not sure exactly what my injury is or what my remedy is, but very unimpressed by the winery and will never order from them again.
@mcc36 That seems rather strange all around. If it broke in transit and then sent it back the winery should have replaced the bottles. But the wines come from WD, not the winery. I wonder if somebody at UPS just did that on their own initiative.
Regardless, @WineDavid49 and the CS team can help you sort it out.
@klezman @mcc36 @Winedavid49
Very odd indeed! Any chance @mcc36 could post a pic of the mysterious replacement (Winston Hill) bottles? A quick search would indicate it’s not something made by the offering winery and not something previously offered here at Casemates (as far as I can tell), so I’m not sure how bottles could have been swapped in at either site.
Also, if I’m not mistaken, Winston Hill is Frank Family Vineyards’ “Estate Vineyard”…very nice wines.
@karenhynes @mcc36 @Winedavid49
Wow, if that’s what it is then you scored some very expensive wine!
@karenhynes @klezman @mcc36
It’s likely a ups repack after they identified breakage. Those sometimes go to one spot and can get Mixed up. This likely has nothing to do with the winery nor Wcc origin.
@klezman @mcc36 @Winedavid49
Yeah…if that’s what was subbed in, I’d give praise to the Wine Gods. There are other Winston Hill offerings, but all seem quite nice.
@karenhynes @klezman @mcc36 @Winedavid49
You can break my bottles if that’s what the replacements are.
Sadly, all arrived intact.
I have pictures, although I could take a better picture of the 2018 Winston Hill Red when I go back to storage, but I don’t know how to post pictures in this app.
If you are on your phone and holding it like normal, the option doesn’t appear.
But if you hold your phone sideways (landscape mode) then the option appears so you can upload photos.