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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  • Cantele Primitivo 2012

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    Wine review by knolld


  • Masseria Altemura Salento Primitivo Sasseo 2012

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    good wine at a excellent price point. Garnet color, nice cherry and plum notes and smooth tannins. Read More

    Wine review by ejaustin26


  • Cana's Feast Bricco Red Vns

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    Wine review by James Whittaker


  • Primitivo di Manduria DOC Sessantanni 2011

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    This is one of my favorites, its a very affordable wine, and its qualities are amazing, very deep dark color, very fresh smell, it will get better if decanted; it was described to me as ghe father of the Pinot Noir, and i agree, nice and smooth at begining and spikes of flavor as going through, you can tell im in love with it!! Read More

    Wine review by Artsherly


  • Edizione Cinque Autoctoni VdT Rosso Barrica 2010

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    Wine review by Cuvee TX


  • I've got a sri lankan wine dinner in a few weeks and was going to use the ... with a little and thought of Primitivo from Puglia for the sweet fruit or even something from Hungary or Bulgaria such as spatbegunder or Blaubegund Read More

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  • Bacca Nera Salento Negroamaro-Primitivo Red 2014

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    A Tasting Room selection. A dark ruby brown in the Glass. Opens with Cinnamon Peach Grape; then on to Black Cherry; finally a bit of Black Olive and ripe Fig. Medium well balanced finish with a long finish of earth and soil, honey and white pepper and fennel. Very impressive especially given the age and the pricing. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • 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

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  • 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

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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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