Something to Wine About: Sannino 2019 Prima Rossa


Just as we all know you can absolutely wear white after Labor Day, you can also drink red after Memorial Day. Though you may choose to temporarily back away from the heavy-bodied reds that keep you warm during New York’s brutal winter months, there are plenty of medium-bodied and lighter reds from the vineyards here on Long Island to enjoy regardless of the weather.

If you happen to be searching for fresh red wines that you can enjoy all summer long, the Bordeaux style 2019 Prima Rossa from Sannino vineyards is one you should definitely add to your collection. The nose is intoxicatingly floral, the flavor is of lightly charred cherry, and the finish is fresh.

This satisfying and lyrical wine is created from 45% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot, and 10% Petit Verdot. According to Anthony Sannino, winemaker and owner of Sannino Vineyards, “All of the wines were in neutral barrels for 18-plus months. Most of these barrels are French oak and a small percentage could be Hungarian oak.”

While The Prima Rossa is a wonderful wine to have with barbeque, hamburgers, steak, and Italian dishes with red sauce, as a lovely medium-bodied wine it can also pair with lighter fare, like salmon, and fruit. You might even choose to serve this versatile wine just slightly chilled. 

Reasonably priced at $28 a bottle, the 2019 Sannino Prima Rossa really is a wine for all seasons. 

The bottle sampled was 2019. Bottle pictured is 2015.

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