Ogio Primitivo

2008 Ogio Primitivo, $8.80. LCBO#86421.

2008 Ogio Primitivo, $8.80. LCBO#86421.

Ogio Primitivo has been my go-to economy wine for a few years now. It was featured in 2008 in the Toronto Star’s Wines Under $10 column, and I was sold.

I’m a Zinfandel lover, and Primitivo is a cousin of that grape. The rich berry fruitiness of those grapes keeps me coming back time after time. Ogio comes from Puglia, a region in southern Italy well know for deep, rich “food wines.” This bottle is a favourite of mine for spaghetti nights or steak. It’s a great, reasonably priced Italian wine that has yet to let me down.

The wine is ruby red, a bit earthy, with a dry berry-cherry taste and medium body. It has a sweet-sour quality and a bit of spice.  Great on its own and even better with food.

Overall, I give this wine 8.5/10 for taste and 4.5/5 for value.

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