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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  • Lupo Meraviglia Puglia Italy 'Tre di Tre' Rosso 2018


    Very bold, distinct and well oaked in a blend Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Tenute Chiaromonte Muro Sant'Angelo Gioia del Colle Primitivo Contrada Barbatto 2010


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Grifone Primitivo 2016


    Gift on our July 7, 2019 deck party. Excellent Zinfandel from Italy. I understand Primitivo = Zinfandel, again showing my wine ignorance. Not as spicy as the usual California fare, which I liked in this bottle. My negative California bias is again spot on. But then my stone palette is of stone. Hey, one likes what one likes. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Doppio Passo Primitivo Salento Italy 2017


    a very smooth, direct & spirited primitive variety. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Viano Vineyards Private Stock Contra Costa County Zinfadel 2014


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in east London [] ... century where it is called primitivo before being exported to the United States in the 19th century and called zinfadel. It is now a very common variety in California. I started my bottle last night with my chicken stew.It is definitely a full bodied and well str... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Here's a decent one that I've had in the past: Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2014  Read More

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  • Jack - there was a guy named Mark Shannon who was making Primitivo in Italy - A-Mano he called it. Was a decent inexpensive wine. There are a few that are pretty good but there seem to be more really high-priced Zins around than high-priced Primitivos. They can be similar but it really depends on the wine maker and more importantly, the site. I ... Read More

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  • Primitivo is very similar, actually... and as you probably know, Jack, it is DNA signatured as Zinfandel.  The difference is in style, climate, wine-making tradition and self-selction of the grape clones.  I actually like examples of Primitivo from Apulia - though these are somewhat more rustic than the better Zins you are likely familiar with. ... Read More

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  • I know that a lot of y’all are big fans of Zinfandel, my question is how does primitivo compare? Read More

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  • Sobon Estate Primitivo Amador 2016


    Wow, a lot of light coming through the garnet in the glass. Stone fruit on the nose with some mustiness. Plum on the tongue. Quite thin-bodied. Again, some mustiness under the rear palate. A tad sour and a tad hot, but it's an OK wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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

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