Masseria Li Veli 2017 Primitivo Orion

Store Location: Needham

Pairs with: BBQ, pasta with ragu, a steak

Good for: Casual dinner on a weeknight

Feels like: A great excuse to show off your grilling skills

Grapes: Primitivo (Zinfandel)

I am from: Salento, Italy

The story! Orion's name comes from the fortified road that separated the Lombards from the Byzantine Empire during the 6th through 8th centuries, the remnants of which can be found not too far from the vineyards. The winery itself is a restored version of a medieval structure from the late 19th century. In this picturesque Italian scene, Masseria Li Veli makes beautiful organic wines. 

In your mouth: Full, powerful, smooth and lingering. Fresh red fruit with balance is the name of my game. Don't worry, Italiaphiles — I still have that classic spice, earth, and structure that you want and need. Call me "new school" with a hipster hint of old.

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