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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  • Itynera Prima Classe Primitivo 2014


    No written review

    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

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • 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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  • Sometimes we get used to paying upwards of $100 for a nice bottle of wine from the wine shop.  Those are the 'good days' that we want to remember, but soon you notice your bank account is dropping faster than Trumps approval rating, so you start looking for more value-oriented wines that are tasty in their own right.When you find a nice wine tha... Read More

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  • Piccini Memoro Italia Vino Rosso d'Italia NV


    Produce Station, Ann Arbor, 4/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Cantine Miali Primitivo Campirossi 2004


    Excellent dinner wine Read More

    Wine review by carold1025

  • Cantine Polvanera "La Marchesana" Primitivo Puglia IGT 2015


    clear, light ruby; clean, pronounced nose of blackcurrants, red cherries, honey and cloves; off-dry, light bodied with hardly any acidity or tannins, with blackcurrants and fruit cake; in all, felt it quite easy and welcoming, but lacked a certain depth... did not linger Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Masseria del Gelso Primitivo di Manduria 2011


    This bottle was one half of a lot I bought on the website ... Primitivo di Manduria is an Italian DOC created in 1974 for red wines made of the primitivo grape from the area around the town of Manduria in Apulia [part of the heel of Italy ] The primitivo grape is dark skinned and early ripening and is thought by some to have originated in anc... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

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

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