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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  • Luna Argenta Appassimento Negroamaro Primitivo 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • October is National Pasta Month. And of all the Italian culinary products, ... ... on indigenous Negroamaro and Primitivo grapes with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon. We are bullish on both the Negroamaro and the Primitivo of Conti Zecca from Leverano, close to Lecce, the Florence of Puglia. All of these wines are well made and offer superb valu... Read More

    From the article Pasta and Wine, Part One

  • Botromagno Primitivo 2013


    Slightly earthy and mushroomy character on top of ripe red fruit. In the mouth, it's full of fresh strawberry and raspberry, with some licorice notes and a bit of mustiness on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Another one pointed out by OT. As OT has taught us, Tribidrag is the ... ... to Italy where it is called Primitivo and to California where it is called Zinfandel.  There is also another Croatian name for this that I am too lazy to look up, but for most of us who speak English (or the English-like language that is used in the United States) loo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...

  • Casa Contini Salento Rosso Verso 2013


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    Wine review by misspriss1

  • I really need to go to OT's non-wine related project page and post about ... Grenache, and OT bought some Primitivo (aka Zin) and some Carignane (not very Italian at all).  We each got a 1-liter refillable jug of their "cheap and charitable" blend, which can be refilled for $12 whenever you stop by.  They had sold out of Barbera and Dolcetto; ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Last night and tonight with ribs. Foxall will recognize the 1L jug of DaVero ... ... home with a Carignano, a Primitivo and a jug. $12 refills!Tastes like a blend of Syrah, Carignane and Grenache. Who knows for sure but the winemaker.  Easy repurchas Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Sandrone is modernist, so it's interesting to see what's happening to ... ... Mauritson Cab and Hendry Primitivo, so props for that.  But the crown jewels are some properly aged Italian wines, including Barolo from 1989, 2001, and 2004.  The 2001 is a Cicala from Aldo Conterno, and goes for $325.  Ouch!  But luckily corkage is only $25, and I ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Barolo & Barbaresco

  • Tenute Rubino Primitivo 2011


    Love the 2013 best; 2014 is good but not as good as 2013. Read More

    Wine review by kathypap

  • San Marzano 62 Anniversario Primitivo di Manduria 2010


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    Wine review by mark

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

    Comment by 722873TL1053 722873 TL1053

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