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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  • Angelo Maci Primitivo Puglia IGT Pillastro 2006

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    I have found that when I put this wine out for a party it goes. Never the one left behind so try it for it is a real good wine for the price. Read More

    Wine review by MarshallinCT


  • If you can include French, you can get your distributor's rep to bring some ... Chiantis or similar, A Mano Primitivo, and quite a few others under $20 that are tasty. Spanish:  CVNA makes a Crianza that's under $15 that's really good for the cash, and there's a ton of other Crianza Riojas.  They are young wines, but they pop and pour on a week... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best wines for under $20


  • Hi everybody I'm a small store owner at the edge of the rust belt, my customers rarely spend over $20 for a bottle, and I am looking to improve my selection a bit beyond what is here now. If you have a minute to help a guy out let me know what you think are the best wines that usually sell for $20 or less. Thanks ! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best wines for under $20


  • Primitivo the Toy Vineyard Indian Creek 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by fsufans


  • Neprica. Tormaresca 2013

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Li Veli Primonero 2013

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    Soft-as-a-pillow florals, in a humble-price range. Good for sipping fireside on its own, or with a pasta dish. Chianti-like, with body, but lighter. Read More

    Wine review by singerpoet


  • Luna Argenta Appassimento Negroamaro Primitivo 2013

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Primitivo 2012

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    Wine review by Tganucheau


  • 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

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    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


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

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