Bottle Notes

2016 Angel Vine Primitivo Columbia Valley – Bottle Notes

Angel Vine owners Ed and Laureen Fus moved their family to Oregon in 1997 to pursue their dream of farming a vineyard. The Three Angels Vineyard (named after Laureen and their two daughters) is located in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills and produces Pinot Noir used by several local wineries. Ed eventually decided to make his own wine focusing on single vineyard Zinfandel with grapes sourced from Washington. Angel Vine also produces a Zinfandel blend, Petite Sirah and Primitivo.

Crimson in color. 15.7% ABV. Terrific nose of dark fruits, anise and pepper. Full bodied with ample acidity. Rich and plush with tremendous mouth feel. Black cherry, raspberry liqueur, spiced plums and pepper on the palate. Nice length on the finish. Unique, delicious wine that is just a steal at the price I paid. Best over the next several years.

My rating: 89 points.

The 2016 Columbia Valley Primitivo can be found in the PNW for about $16 per bottle.

Props from this wine consumer to Angel Vine for having the foresight to pursue Washington Zinfandel. Like California, Washington has a climate that is warm enough to produce great Zins. What Washington does not have is the historic old vine Zinfandel vineyards that make those California Zins so special. As the vineyards mature, Angel Vine will be well positioned to champion Washington Zinfandel. Additionally, I have no shortage of Red Mountain Cabs or Syrahs from The Rocks. These wines are unique, food friendly and fairly priced. Check Angel Vine out!

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