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Primitivo

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

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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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  • Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2018  Front Label
    Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2018
    Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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    • Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2017  Front Label
      Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2017
      Primitivo from Italy
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      • La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2018  Front Label
        La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2018
        Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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        • Botromagno Primitivo 2018  Front Label
          Botromagno Primitivo 2018
          Primitivo from Italy
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          • Cantele Primitivo 2016 Front Label
            Cantele Primitivo 2016
            Primitivo from Italy
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            • Matane Primitivo Puglia 2018  Front Label
              Matane Primitivo Puglia 2018
              Primitivo from Italy
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              • Castello Monaci Artas Primitivo 2016 Front Label
                Castello Monaci Artas Primitivo 2016
                Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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              • Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2016 Front Label
                Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2016
                Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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              • Casa Smith Porcospino Primitivo 2016 Front Label
                Casa Smith Porcospino Primitivo 2016
                Primitivo from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
                Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2017
                Primitivo from Italy
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                • Jeff Runquist R Primitivo 2017  Front Label
                  Jeff Runquist R Primitivo 2017
                  Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                  • Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2018  Front Label
                    Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2018
                    Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                    • Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2017  Front Label
                      Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2017
                      Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                      • Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2015  Front Label
                        Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2015
                        Primitivo from Italy
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                      • Andis Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                        Andis Primitivo 2015
                        Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                      • Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2016  Front Label
                        Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2016
                        Primitivo from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Botromagno Primitivo 2016 Front Label
                        Botromagno Primitivo 2016
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                        • Casa Smith Porcospino Primitivo 2017  Front Label
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                        • A Mano Primitivo 2017  Front Label
                          A Mano Primitivo 2017
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                          • Cantele Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                            Cantele Primitivo 2015
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                            • Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                              Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo 2011
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                              • La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2017  Front Label
                                La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2017
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                                • Jacuzzi Primitivo 2017 Front Label
                                  Jacuzzi Primitivo 2017
                                  Primitivo from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                                  • Cantele Primitivo 1997
                                    Primitivo from Italy
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                                    • Cantele Primitivo 1998
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