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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  • C.G. di Arie Primitivo California Shenandoah Valley Estate Grown 2005


    Very nice Read More

    Wine review by jave

  • Grifone Primitivo 2016


    Ok, they did a homework and new 2016 bottle is not that bad for 4$. Give it a try. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • Thank you for the info about Primitivo, I figured the Italians called it something different. I have not tried very many Italian red blends but the one I like most that is in my price range is called "Campobasso Mellow Red" it is actually grown in California though so maybe this brand uses "Zinf". I can buy it for like $14 for a gallon jug and i... Read More

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  • I don't know what zins you've had, but I love zins and so do several ... ... wines you may be tasting Primitivo.  Sorta the Italian version of zin.25&nbs Read More

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  • Zinfandel for some reason reminds me of porta-potty deodorizer. I think if I never smelled a porta-potty I would like it though! I can always taste Zinfandel in blended Italian table wines and it turns me off, although there are a few brands I like that do have a little Zinf but mainly Merlot.It has a rose or flower scent and taste to it that ju... Read More

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  • Itynera Prima Classe Primitivo 2014


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    Wine review by jkozlow6tuq

  • Mythmaker Rosso Salento IGT Primitivo 2015


    A recent Tasting Room quarterly selection. Dark opaque Bing Cherry color in the Glass. Spice and ripe Cherry; then Mint, Plum, & Vanilla; More spices & alcohol. Smooth full, mouthfeel with a long finish of Vanilla, Caramel, ripe Cherry, and Milk Chocolate. Given its youth, surprisingly smooth and easy to drink.A good daily drinker. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Antica Masseria di Sigillo Primitivo di Manduria 2014


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    Wine review by doowaa73

  • This from another thread...$20 Values.  Ran across this  again after ...      The 2014 Primitivo di Mandur Read More

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  • AL - I love to dig around, but there is a very good quality 2014 - the Chateau ... Antica Masseria de Sigillo Primitivo di Manduria (Italy) is a great version of zinfandel.  Sells for about $1 Read More

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  • 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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