Primitivo

Common synonyms: Zinfandel, Crljenak Kaštelanski, Morellone, Plavak Veliki, Primaticcio

Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Croatia (or possibly Greece)
 
History of the grape: At some point in the 18th century, the grape was brought over to Italy from either Caucasus or somewhere in Croatia, depending on the legend one follows, taking root in the Puglia region. It was named “Primitivo” by the Benedictine monks because of its tendency to ripen early. In 2001, DNA evidence positively identified Primitivo, California Zinfandel (for more information on its history in California, see: Zinfandel) and Crljenak Kaštelanski to be the same grape. Today, it has come into prominence with excellent varietal releases that are interchangeably labeled as either Primitivo or Zinfandel, but most often Primitivo in Italy and Zinfandel everywhere else. 
 
Characteristics of the grape: medium to full bodied, jammy, dark cherry, blackberry, raspberry, cedar, nutmeg, clove Read more »

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  • Cantine Polvanera "La Marchesana" Primitivo Puglia IGT 2015

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    clear, light ruby; clean, pronounced nose of blackcurrants, red cherries, honey and cloves; off-dry, light bodied with hardly any acidity or tannins, with blackcurrants and fruit cake; in all, felt it quite easy and welcoming, but lacked a certain depth... did not linger Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Masseria del Gelso Primitivo di Manduria 2011

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    This bottle was one half of a lot I bought on the website ... Primitivo di Manduria is an Italian DOC created in 1974 for red wines made of the primitivo grape from the area around the town of Manduria in Apulia [part of the heel of Italy ] The primitivo grape is dark skinned and early ripening and is thought by some to have originated in anc... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • The owner of the wine is Antinori. Yes we have problems in Texas of buying wine ... drink two glasses a day. The primitivo is very dark red 14% alcohol medium tannic and acid good finish well balanced I get a hit sweetness at the end would buy again cannot compare to Zin until I get a chance to buy,yes we do have Total Wine Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Pairing with 08 Nov 2016...


  • OK, I've heard that Texas can be tough.  I guess it's even hard to ... Valleys.I have never had a Primitivo that really snapped my carrot, but go for it and let us know.  We're always interested in hearing about good wine that we might want to try or, even, bad wine that we might want to avoid. My local Costco occasionally has Seghesio Sonoma C... Read More

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  • Emark went to Costco today always look at the wines ,they had a primitivo Torcicoda made by tormaresca will give it a try WA has it rated at 90 Read More

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  • After much thought I have come to the following. It is not my intention to try ... about it I tried it and a primitivo still neither was to my liking. I do not think Snooth is the platform to discuss politics. I did react to statements after a week in office Trump would be impeached and am still willing to bet that will not occu Read More

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  • Dry Creek Wineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2014

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    Wine review by bobvree


  • Dry Creek Wineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2014

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    Wine review by bobvree


  • Dry Creek Wineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2014

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    Wine review by bobvree


  • A new year provides the perfect opportunity to try new things, but how far will ... will ... like Negroamaro, Primitivo, and Malvasia Nera. But it’s now being made as a varietal wine, and Tenute Rubino, which I visited in September 2016, produces two versions that show the fruit’s flexibility. Their Torre Testa is dense and plummy, with a coff... Read More

    From the article These New Wave Wine Grapes Are Really Catching On


  • Enjoying a 2011 Amastoula Primitivo, a very nice organic wine from Puglia. Two gone, two still in cellar

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