2012 Poggio Anima ‘Lilith’ Basilicata IGT

wine lilith

According to Jewish folklore, Lilith was the first wife of Adam. She was banished from the Garden of Eden when she refused to make herself subservient to Adam’s sexual requests. When she was cast out of the Garden, she was made into a demon, and Adam was given a second wife, Eve, who was fashioned from his rib to ensure her obedience to her man. Where Adam was created from dust, Lilith was created from filth and sediment. Primitivo refuses to be submissive to the oenology that it is the same grape as its close relative Zinfandel. Many subscribe to this idea, though they are both mutations of Crljenak, a Croatian varietal. Primitivo always brings plenty of flesh and ripeness to the table with a solid spine of certainty and structure.

The vineyard is located in Nova Siri, in the province of Matera. Here the warm southern Italian sun rises on the Ionian coast of Basilicata. The fermentation is carry out with natural native yeasts present in the vineyard, the crushed grapes undergo a cold soak for a few days and the cap is managed by punching down. After the primary fermentation, the wine undergoes an extended maceration of 3 weeks, after which it is racked into a stainless tanks where the malolactic fermentation occurs followed by aging for 8 months.

A dark, juicy, fruit-forward red, delivering layers of jammy plum and wild berry notes propped against medium tannins and a tangy, herb-tinged finish.

  • Region: Basilicata IGT
  • Varietal: 100% Primitivo
  • Vintage: 2012
  • Vine Age: 16 years old
  • Yield: 3.4 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Brown Clay & Stone
  • Oak: 80% Stainless Steel – 20% neutral French barrique (10 months)
  • Production: 1,400 cases

Ixel Balamke

Ixel Balamke was one of the two founding members of Sekhet-Bast-Ra in Oklahoma City. Currently living in the Twin Cities, she is currently the LBM of Leaping Laughter Lodge. She also is a Meanad and lover of fine wines. Her life long partner Hunahpu and she are well known for their Wine Tastings at NOTOCON. Together they have a small wine cellar that currently holds over 300 bottles.

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