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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  • Puglia

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  • Layer Cake Primitivo 2011

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    Interesting wine. Dark fruit on the nose and when drank the dark fruit continues. Very Zin like, but the finish is quite acidic. Truely Zin in the European style. ABU 13.5% Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Thumbs up EMark.  It's their Red blend that's killer (for me) and their Primitivo. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • I haven't been playing in these, mostly, because they seem to be too much ... ... Bakaver, Veuve Cliquot, Primitivo, Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay, Ch. Petrus, White Zin, Screaming Eagle.With the sushi, I'd go with a Loire Valley white.  Sancerre would be my first choice, but any one would be fine.If you'r going to soak it in soy sauce, then, I ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Matching challenge *4*: what...


  • My previous challenges were for geographical locales and entire cuisines of difficulty. This time it's for difficult food items. What wines, if any, match these? Matches to specific recipes are welcome! 1)  Green, white or any other color2)  California's official veggie3)  Belgium's??4) Mold as a good thing5) Moctezuma's favorite food (and aphro... Read More

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  • Greg, that was an interesting article.  I'd love to try that Marietta ... makes great Zinfandel and Primitivo (yeah yeah...same thing, but Mike explained how they obtained the clones...maybe Foxall can chime in, he was there with me).  They're separate blocks.  At about $30, I don't see why a Zinfandel beginner shouldn't try thes Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • I haven't tasted a Zinfandel in many years and would like to get reacquainted.  Any recommendations for a fruit-forward one around $25? Read More

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  • Adrian,I was down there a few weeks ago and toured Hendry winery in Napa (like ... ... they have some darn nice Primitivo.Disclaimer: I have a friend who is related to the owner.  However, it was the first time I'd been there and they were very nice and accommodatin Read More

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  • Hey all!My go to for a red is something deep, bold and extremely fruit forward. In my experience i've found that this doesn't necessarily just have to mean a zinfandel... I've had Cabs and even Pinot's that are just as fruit forward!I'd be really interested to know if there were any recommendations you guys have for Sonoma/Napa region wines wher... Read More

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  • Pepe Nero Primitivo Italy 2010

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    No written review

    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


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