Eventus Zinfandel Primitivo 2005

Eventus Zinfandel PrimitivoPrice: $9
Maker: F. Giordano S.p.A., Diano d’Alba, Italy
Varietal: Zinfandel (Primitivo)
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, natural cork
Alcohol: 14%
Our Rating: 8 out of 10

Eventus Zinfandel Primitivo 2005 is the second Eventus product we’ve tried, and like its sibling, Eventus Pinot Rose, it’s a simple but pleasing wine. Although the winery’s website shows the label as just “Primitivo,” they note that it’s identical to the American Zinfandel grape. The bottles distributed in the US use both varietals. The nose of this Zin is strong and enticing, mostly berries with some woodiness. The flavor is all blackberries and cherries, with a bit of oak and a lengthy finish. There’s an acidic quality that adds some bite, but not in a bad way. We paired it with juicy T-bones right off the grill, and it was a winning combination.

The Eventus line of wines is nicely packaged – the bottles are slightly frosted to provide a matte finish and they have a deeply embossed circle where the vintage label is applied. The labeling has a metallic foil look, and overall the look is contemporary and elegant. We’ve enjoyed the Pinot Rose and Zinfandel/Primitivo – both of these were simple, fun wines. There are a total of eight varietals in the Eventus series, though we haven’t seen all of them in local distribution.

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