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Responsible for inky, brambly, and ripe fruit driven red 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."

Tasting Notes for Primitivo

Primitivo is a dry, red wine. 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 Food Pairings for Primitivo

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 Secrets for Primitivo

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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  • Vinosia Salento Primitivo 2007 Front Label
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  • Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2007 Front Label
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    • Cantele Primitivo 2007 Front Label
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      • Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
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            • Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2007 Front Label
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              • Schola Sarmenti Salento Cubardi Primitivo Rosso 2007 Front Label
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                • Produttori Vini Manduria Primitivo di Manduria Lirica 2007 Front Label
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                  • Jacuzzi Primitivo 2007  Front Label
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                    • Racemi Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale Pervini Primo Amore 2007 Front Label
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                      • Produttori Vini Manduria Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale Madrigale 2007 Front Label
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                        • Az. Ag. Morella Old Vines Primitivo 2007 Front Label
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                          • Ottimino Ottimino Vineyard Primitivo 2007  Front Label
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                                  • Szabo Vineyards Primitivo 2007 Front Label
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