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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  • Wow, a '10 Pets that's already open? Good to hear.Probably because the ... other varieties (e.g., PG, Primitivo and Zinfandel) from other areas.In the descriptions of their wines, they give some grape-variety history that I would normally only get from GregT.  e.g.: Pinot Grigio--This French and Italian varietal was propagated by Cistercian mo... Read More

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  • Tratturi Primitivo 2013


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Very interesting report.  Thank you.Many here on the Forum know that I am ... very little experience with Primitivo.  So, that is why I enjoyed your report.I, and some others, though feel that there are California Zinfandels that have age-worthiness.  A few weeks ago I very much enjoyed a 1991 Ridge Lytton Estate Zinfandel.  Two decades might ... Read More

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  • If anyone has some 2005 primitivo-based wine from the Lazio or Campania region of Italia, here is some info. I have been noticing that pretty much no one holds primitivo [zinfandel] for more than four or five years, and I had two bottles of this in the cellar.  As two good friends who really enjoy the Moio wines were coming over, I fetched up on... Read More

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  • Al, without getting all too geeky about, Primitivo is Zinfandel, though different winemaking and different terroir can bring out some noticeable changes from what you're accustomed to in CA.Sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. Quick response is so essential to stroke events. My dad's case was worse since it happened around 9 or 10pm and they ... Read More

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  • My Sunday included three wines from Haywood,  2009 Primitivo, 2007 Cab Franc, and a 2009 Cab Franc.  The reason for the occasion was an excuse to drink a 1996 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages.  It was the somewhat controversial 1999 Wine Spectator Wine of the Year.  It held up well over time and after about three hours in a decanter was very lively.  Read More

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  • Two very enjoyable evenings, OT.  We are planning to be up there, again, ... ... will change our minds), Primitivo, Tempranillo, Petite Sirah and Syrah.  OK, I agree, the last two are not too hard to find in California, and, clearly, Viognier is becoming more and more mainstream.Tonight we are going back to the well for the tried and true.Slo... 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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  • Inspired to build an authentic medieval castle to honor his Italian heritage ... ... Pinot Noir, Barbera, Primitivo, Merlot, a Super Tuscan Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscat Canelli, late harvest Gewurztraminer, and late harvest Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon. Each wine is classically structured, intensely flavored, well balanced, and elegant, show... Read More

    From the article Dario Sattui's Napa Valley Castle - Castello di Amorosa

  • We are looking for great values, and you can find them from just about every ... velvety palate.  Primitivo: it’s Zinfandel folks! Briary and brambly fruit, modest tannins, usually with good acidity in a round, easy going style. While subtly different from Zin, and usually with less alcohol, the finest Primitivo will be right at home in a line... Read More

    From the article Value Southern Italians $15 and Under

  • Duca Carlo Guarini Primitivo Vigne Vecchie 2010


    Jammy on the nose with wild cherries and strawberries in alcohol along with aromas of woodsmoke and a touch of spicy mushroom. Bright, juicy yet with a hint of sweetness lending this some roundness on the palate and helping to accentuate the jammy nature of the red berry fruit flavors on the palate. Nicely structured, if ever so slightly cloyin... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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