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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Primitivo on Snooth

  • Pepe Nero Primitivo Italy 2010

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    Wine review by jloria


  • Vigne & Vini Primitivo del Salento Zinfandel NV

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    Very different than a Californian Zin. Hearty and strong notes of fresh pepper. Distinct aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by juliannayy


  • Imagery Estate Winery Primitivo Sonoma Valley 2011

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Amen to that!And I never believed that there was anything sacred about single ... one single rose.DV - yes, Primitivo and Zin are the same. Not a botanist but today I was cleaning out the garden and gave my neighbor a little tree that was grafted with five fruits, so now she'll have peaches, apricots, nectarines and plums on one tree. Not a lo... Read More

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  • What are you, a Botanist?  :)Actually, that stuff's pretty cool.  ... ... on it.  So, Zin is Primitivo righ Read More

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  • California "Old Vine" wines, Zinfandel, especially, have been getting a lot of attention in the last few years.  I, certainly, have been paying more attention to them, lately, mostly as a result of the postings of Outthere on some of the historic vineyards in his neck of the woods.  He interested me enough to join the Historic Vineyard Society, ... Read More

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  • Antinori Tormaresca Neprica 2012

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    Fruit forward and very smooth. Light acidity with smooth tannins. Would not of guessed this to be an Italian wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Diarie Break Away Zinfandel Sierra Foothills 2009

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    "Light" appearing red in the glass.maybe a tad darker than the 2009 DiArie Primitivo that I am also tasting, tonight. Fairly light nose with noticeable blackberry aromas. Much rounder and fuller than the Primitivo (still no more than a medium-bodied wine)--more blackberry flavor, maybe not quite as acidic. A fairly simple wine. Very easy to ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Diarie Primitivo Estate Block #4 Shenandoah Valley 2009

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    "Light" appearing ,more red-than-purple color in the glass. Light blackberry and maybe a hint of mint aromas on the nose. Initial mouth impression is that this is a very light red wine. There are some, not a lot, berry flavors. If I stretch, I almost get some lemon. Maybe tea leaves. Not a complex wine at all. Would be good with grilled c... Read More

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  • Jon, it was the Comme Ca Brasserie at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.It was a pretty ... I'd found a California Primitivo and a Zinfandel from the same maker, the same vintage--not the same vineyard, but both are in Gold Country. C.G. Di Arie 2009 Estate Grown Block #4 Shenandoah Valley and the same maker's 2009 Break Away Sierra Foothills Zinfandel. ... Read More

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