At this year’s 2018 IPCPR Trade Show and Convention in Las Vegas, Tony Bellatto and La Barba Cigars will introduce their third core line to market called “Primitivo”. It also marks the first maduro to be released in the La Barba portfolio.
“I was trained professionally in wine and spirits, I wanted to bring that to the table here more than I had with anything before,” explained Bellatto in a press release who added, “The goal is to keep challenging ourselves, and keep pushing to offer our customers new and different things.”
With Primitivo, Bellatto draws upon his experience as a WSET level 3 sommelier. In fact, the name Primitivo has ties to the wine industry as it is best known as a red grape that grows in the Puglia region of Italy. La Barba says the name is appropriate because Primitivo shares notes with the profile of the cigar as well.
As for the blend, it features a San Andres wrapper over an Indonesian binder and a combination of Nicaragua, Dominican, and Pennsylvanian tobaccos. The cigar will be available in four sizes each presented in 25-count boxes. Production is being handled at La Barba’s manufacturing partner Tabacalera William Ventura. Distribution is being handled by Down and Back LLC, the company that also distributes Caldwell Cigars and Room 101 Cigars.
At a glance, here is a look at the La Barba Primitivo:
Wrapper: San Andres Mexican
Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican, and U.S. Pennsylvania
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic (Tabacalera William Ventura)
5 3/4 x 46 (SRP $8.60)
5 x 50 (SRP $9.60)
6 x 54 (SRP $10.60)
6 x 60 (SRP $11.60