Wine label with a pen-drawn picture of a Porcospino (porcupine). Text on the label in all caps reads: CasaSmith Primitivo, Northridge Vineyard, Wahluke Slope.

2019 CasaSmith Porcospino Primitivo

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A tall dark Italian style bottle of wine. Black capsule on top and white label with black text that reads: CasaSmith Porcospino Primitivo, Wahluke Slope.

Tasting Notes by Winemaker Charles Smith

“If you’re thinking pizza! If you’re thinking spaghetti! If you’re thinking steak! I’ve got a wine for you. Black and red raspberry, blackberry, pencil shavings and campfire ash. Medium-bodied and full-flavored. A wine just waiting to be drunk. So just drink.”

Vintage Notes

The 2019 vintage was on the cooler side as it started slow with later-than-usual bud break and continued on to be fairly moderate throughout the year. Some vineyards had issues with an October freeze a bit earlier than usual, but our high-elevation vineyards have great air drainage which allows us to extend the growing season late into October without freeze. This yielded fantastic ripening and some awesome wines with incredible balance and character. Overall, we are excited about the wine produced in 2019, which has brought us more finesse, incredible flavors and lovely balance.


Varietal Breakdown: 100% Primitivo
Appellation: Wahluke Slope
Vineyard(s): Northridge Vineyard (100%)
Production: 2.1 tons per acre | Native yeast | 100% whole berry fermentation | 39 days on skins | 100% neutral upright French oak tanks | 10 months aged on lees
Wine Analysis: 5.2 g/L titratable acidity | 3.53 pH | 13.5% alcohol | No residual sugar

Current & Past Scores

92 Points – James Suckling (v2018)

“Classic ruby at the core with a pale ruby edge, the 2018 Barbera Cervo Northridge Vineyard offers a delightful and juicy nose with blackberries, dusty plum and hints of leather with cinnamon spices. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is balanced and thoughtful with a delicate amount of curing spices, white peppercorn, stems and cherry compote, ending with a delicious, softly tannic finish. Well done.”

91 Points – Jeb Dunnuck (v2018)

“The 2018 Primitivo Porcospino is terrific, offering lots of juicy berry fruits as well as notes of black pepper, new leather, violets, and chocolate. Upfront, nicely textured, yet also with good freshness and fine tannins, it’s a pleasure-bent beauty to enjoy over the coming 4-6 years.”

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