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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  • Sandrone is modernist, so it's interesting to see what's happening to ... ... Mauritson Cab and Hendry Primitivo, so props for that.  But the crown jewels are some properly aged Italian wines, including Barolo from 1989, 2001, and 2004.  The 2001 is a Cicala from Aldo Conterno, and goes for $325.  Ouch!  But luckily corkage is only $25, and I ... Read More

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  • Tenute Rubino Primitivo 2011

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    Love the 2013 best; 2014 is good but not as good as 2013. Read More

    Wine review by kathypap


  • San Marzano 62 Anniversario Primitivo di Manduria 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • WB has a thread on this, why not us?Cracked my first one over the weekend, a Giorgio Pelissero Barbaresco Nubiola. While Pelissero has a couple more highly esteemed Barbaresco (Tulin, of which I have a few, and Venotu, of which I hope to get some), I enjoyed this wine, and picked the right time to open it as it was accessible enough for the casu... Read More

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  • Yay! Thank you Elin McCoy!DV - nope. Didn't know it has been cultivated ... they finally planted some Primitivo!  &nbs Read More

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  • Some interesting places listed here that seem worthy of exploring...Next "Biggest" Wine Regions Read More

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  • GregT's list is great.  I love things like that.Since he doesn't think that Primitivo should be on the list, then I'm pretty sure that he feels that Tribidrag should not be listed, either.   Lagier Meredith has a Tribidrag varietal bottling from Mount Veeder grown grapes.Also, though, Lagier Meredith has a varietal bottling of Mondeuse from Moun... Read More

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  • "what besides cabs and chards have you tried lately"Don't know ... 70% of the total acreage. Primitivo shouldn't be on this list and I don't know that anyone wants to drink wine from the Mission grape, although I'd like to just for educational purposes.Cabernet FrancMalbecCarignanePetit VerdotSangiovese *Alicante Bouschet *Mataro *Tempranillo ... Read More

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  • Li Veli Orion 2013

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    Wine review by Kolaweste


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

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