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Primitivo

Responsible for inky, brambly, and ripe fruit driven wines ...

Responsible for inky, brambly, and ripe fruit driven wines, Primitivo bears more than a passing resemblance to Zinfandel—and there’s a very good reason for this. The two varieties are actually one and the same and have a Croatian origin. Primitivo was brought to Italy from Croatia in the late 1800s and became an important variety in the hot, dry, southern region of Puglia. Here it was named from the Latin word, primativus, meaning "first to ripen."

In the Glass

The flavors of Primitivo are, naturally, very similar to those of Zinfandel, but often it is somewhat leaner, and more structured and earthy. Typical characteristics include ripe berry fruit, plum, black pepper, fresh earth and sweet baking spice.

Perfect Pairings

Primitivo pairs best with full-flavored, hearty meat dishes like roasted lamb, beef brisket, hamburgers, meatballs with Moroccan seasonings, beef fajitas or anything barbecued.

Sommelier Secret

The link between Primitivo and Zinfandel is quite a recent discovery. While there was some speculation that they were related, it wasn't until 1994 when grape geneticists at UC Davis identified them as identical. The grape goes by the name of Tribidrag in Croatia and is a parent of the modern Croatian variety, Plavac Mali.

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    Jacuzzi Primitivo 2017
    Primitivo from Lake County, North Coast, California
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      Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2016
      Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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        Jacuzzi Primitivo 2016
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          Uvaggio Primitivo 2015
          Primitivo from Lodi, California
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          Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2016
          Primitivo from Italy
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            Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2015
            Primitivo from Italy
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            CasaSmith Porcospino Primitivo 2016
            Primitivo from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
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            Castello Monaci Artas Primitivo 2015
            Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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            La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2017
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              Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2015
              Primitivo from Italy
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                Jeff Runquist R Primitivo 2016
                Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                  Botromagno Primitivo 2016
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                    Angel Vine Primitivo 2013
                    Primitivo from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                      Matane Primitivo Puglia 2017
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                      Andis Primitivo 2014
                      Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                        Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2015
                        Primitivo from Napa Valley, California
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                          Cantele Primitivo 2016
                          Primitivo from Italy
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