I’d better write this up before I get any more “What is this exactly? Primitivo from Spain?” questions. So, what it is a wine made by a gentleman in the Alicante region named Don Primitivo Quiles. A wine that will have you rethinking, like it did me the first time I swooned over it, what you think of Spanish monastrell, which can veer all too often into new oak-slathered, blackberry jam territory. This is one of those rare bottles that totally caught my palate by surprise in a most delightful way. Bright, juicy, almost bouncy, yet with serious dark berry fruit that is tinged with cocoa, pepper, earth, and wild herbs. It has a savory intensity and fresh acidity balanced by fine tannins and a remarkably smooth finish that make it perfect for current consumption. I’m hard pressed to think of something this wouldn’t go with. I am very much smitten with this bottle, and it is one of the most intriguing Spanish reds I’ve had in a long time. Plus it is simply an exceptional buy right now!