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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  • Yay! Thank you Elin McCoy!DV - nope. Didn't know it has been cultivated ... they finally planted some Primitivo!  &nbs Read More

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  • Some interesting places listed here that seem worthy of exploring...Next "Biggest" Wine Regions Read More

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  • GregT's list is great.  I love things like that.Since he doesn't think that Primitivo should be on the list, then I'm pretty sure that he feels that Tribidrag should not be listed, either.   Lagier Meredith has a Tribidrag varietal bottling from Mount Veeder grown grapes.Also, though, Lagier Meredith has a varietal bottling of Mondeuse from Moun... Read More

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  • "what besides cabs and chards have you tried lately"Don't know ... 70% of the total acreage. Primitivo shouldn't be on this list and I don't know that anyone wants to drink wine from the Mission grape, although I'd like to just for educational purposes.Cabernet FrancMalbecCarignanePetit VerdotSangiovese *Alicante Bouschet *Mataro *Tempranillo ... Read More

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  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • Li Veli Orion 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Kolaweste


  • Wow, a '10 Pets that's already open? Good to hear.Probably because the ... other varieties (e.g., PG, Primitivo and Zinfandel) from other areas.In the descriptions of their wines, they give some grape-variety history that I would normally only get from GregT.  e.g.: Pinot Grigio--This French and Italian varietal was propagated by Cistercian mo... Read More

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  • Tratturi Primitivo 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Very interesting report.  Thank you.Many here on the Forum know that I am ... very little experience with Primitivo.  So, that is why I enjoyed your report.I, and some others, though feel that there are California Zinfandels that have age-worthiness.  A few weeks ago I very much enjoyed a 1991 Ridge Lytton Estate Zinfandel.  Two decades might ... Read More

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  • If anyone has some 2005 primitivo-based wine from the Lazio or Campania region of Italia, here is some info. I have been noticing that pretty much no one holds primitivo [zinfandel] for more than four or five years, and I had two bottles of this in the cellar.  As two good friends who really enjoy the Moio wines were coming over, I fetched up on... Read More

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

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