Primitivo, a cousin of California’s fruit-packed Zinfandel, is the godfather of southern Italian grapes. It’s dark, rich and persuasively charming – and Angelo is a master at drawing out those qualities, insisting that all Pillastro’s grapes be harvested from very old (flavor-boosting) vines.
His quality dedication pays off every year, too. Among its many accolades, Pillastro impressed judges at the 2015 Decanter World Wine Awards, who declared a recent vintage “flooded with plums, honey, figs, black and blue fruit, with a sweet and round palate. A very nice drop, really tasty and superb value.” And The Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner is also a fan, writing that it “offers great value and a rich, modern wine style.”