Wine Review: 2010 Angel Vine Columbia Valley Primitivo

Wine Review: 2010 Angel Vine Primitivo, Columbia Valley

A seamless sophisticated experience that belies the varieties name—the Angel Vine Primitivo is a great example of how a place can change the variety to a degree it might not be recognized. The Columbia Valley can do that to a lot of varieties. When Ed Fuss, the owner and winemaker at Angel Vine fusses over a wine it comes out as good as it can get and the fruit he was given to work with in 2010 was pristine due to the long hang time they were afforded. The bold berry fruit flavors in the Angel Vine Primitivo are so well developed in this wine that consumption feels like it should be from a bowl using a spoon. As with all Angel Vine wines, the QPR was off the charts. Decant this puppy. 350 case production.

Angel Vine Primitivo

Rating: Excellent (92) | $22 | 15.5% ABV


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Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.


  1. Matthew C. Kriner October 14, 2012 at 2:10 PM - Reply

    Full bodied and juicy sound good to me right now. Going to have to look for this wine.

  2. MacDaddy Marc Hinton October 20, 2012 at 12:54 PM - Reply


    These are very small production wines just a few hundred cases for each bottling. unless you live in a state where you cannot have wine shipped to you I would order from Angel Vine @
    If you need to know who distributes in your area call or email the winery. Enjoy!

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