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2013 Primitivo



Tasting Notes

Big and bold this is a wine with power and finesse. Aromas of plum and oak are noticeable at first while more subtle aromas of tar, boysenberry and dark chocolate can also be noticed. The flavors are like a rich jam, you can feel the weight of the wine on your palette. Even with a high alcohol the wine has a very smooth finish with good length.

Winemakers notes

2013 was my first vintage as winemaker at Coyote Canyon and Primitivo was a new grape for me to work with. The wine was great on its own but when it came to blending time a little Merlot sure seemed to add a little something extra to the wine. I am surprised how smooth and fruit forward the wine turned out. This is a grape that seems to drink well young.

  • Blend Composition: 89% Primitivo, 11% Merlot
  • Alcohol by Volume: 15.7%
  • pH: 3.71
  • TA: 6.4 g/l
  • Bottling Date: June 16, 2014
  • Cases Produced: 233 

Vineyard Notes

  • Vineyard Source: Coyote Canyon Vineyard
  • AVA: Horse Heaven Hills
  • Grower Degree Days: 3164
  • Pick Date: September 20 and 24 

2013 was a great grape growing season in WA State. The Horse Heaven Hills AVA was above its long term average for GDD by 150 units. With warm temperatures throughout the summer it seemed like an early harvest was inevitable but a cool September helped grapes develop flavors while slowing down ripening. Primitivo was one of the earlier red varietals we picked in 2013.


Double Gold - 2016 Wine Press Northwest - Best of 2016
Gold - 2017 Capital Food & Wine Festival
Silver - 2016 Seattle Wine Awards

2013 Primitivo wine tasting with winemaker, Justin Michaud