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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Primitivo on Snooth

  • Antinori Tormaresca Neprica 2012

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    Fruit forward and very smooth. Light acidity with smooth tannins. Would not of guessed this to be an Italian wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • DiArie Break Away Zinfandel Sierra Foothills 2009

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    "Light" appearing red in the glass.maybe a tad darker than the 2009 DiArie Primitivo that I am also tasting, tonight. Fairly light nose with noticeable blackberry aromas. Much rounder and fuller than the Primitivo (still no more than a medium-bodied wine)--more blackberry flavor, maybe not quite as acidic. A fairly simple wine. Very easy to ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • DiArie Primitivo Estate Block #4 Shenandoah Valley 2009

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    "Light" appearing ,more red-than-purple color in the glass. Light blackberry and maybe a hint of mint aromas on the nose. Initial mouth impression is that this is a very light red wine. There are some, not a lot, berry flavors. If I stretch, I almost get some lemon. Maybe tea leaves. Not a complex wine at all. Would be good with grilled c... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Jon, it was the Comme Ca Brasserie at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.It was a pretty ... I'd found a California Primitivo and a Zinfandel from the same maker, the same vintage--not the same vineyard, but both are in Gold Country. C.G. Di Arie 2009 Estate Grown Block #4 Shenandoah Valley and the same maker's 2009 Break Away Sierra Foothills Zinfandel. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Primitivo di Manduria Feudi di San Gregorio 2010

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    Limpid,Ruby color with violet reflect.Quite intense, complex,fine flavour. Fruity of blackberry fruits(cherry and prune) and spicy(Cocoa and a scent of vanilla).On the palate....Medium-dry,Warm,soft;Quite fresh, elegant tannicity,Quite tasty. Full body,quite balanced and Intense.persistent(7 to' 10 seconds)) with fine Quality .Evolutionary sta... Read More

    Wine review by holly75


  • After a brief introduction to the the state of Washington this past Monday I ... tastes of Washington State Primitivo, Petite Sirah, and Mourvedre.  2012 Milbrandt Vineyards The Estates Milbrandt viognier 13.5% $20 A little jasmine, apricot, kiwi and intensely polleny floral aromas greet the nose.  A bit tart on entry, this is simple but brigh... Read More

    From the article What's Hot in WA?


  • Milbrandt Vineyards Vineyard Series Primitivo Wahluke Slope Northridge Slope 2011

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    Toasty wood spice, coconut and floral aromas show up on the nose along with some briary notes. In the mouth one finds very clear fruit on entry with fine ripe tannins and supporting acids that keep the wild strawberry and brambly blackberry flavors fresh and clear on the palate. Theres a nice bit of creamy and vanilla scented oak helping to fram... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Another day in an extremely good life, OT.  ;-)Back for some more of the ... ...  Unti Vineyard 2009 Primitivo. Much fruitier than I look for, detectable sweetness--may be the alcohol. I think this wine would be good with sliced apples/pears and various cheeses.&nbs Read More

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  • Renard Primitivo Unti Vineyards Dry Creek Valley 2009

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    More red than purple in the glass. Fairly volatile nose with hints of spice. Quite fruity on initial taste--raspberry, maybe some peach, maybe some prune. There is detectable sweetness although it is just a hint. A fairly easy to drink wine. I think though that it would accompany fruit (e.g., apple) and cheese more than a traditional entree... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Tormaresca Red Blend Puglia IGT Neprica 2010

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    Black pepper and other spices. Well balanced. No hint of tannin. Maybe more time breathing would have reduced the pepper. Surprisingly strong for an Italian wine. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


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