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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."

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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    Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo 2009
    Primitivo from Italy
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    • Cantele Primitivo 2009 Front Label
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        • Leone de Castris Primitivo di Manduria Villa Santera 2009 Front Label
          Leone de Castris Primitivo di Manduria Villa Santera 2009
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          • Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2009 Front Label
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          • Oso Libre Nativo Primitivo 2009 Front Label
            Oso Libre Nativo Primitivo 2009
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            • Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2009 Front Label
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              • August Ridge Primitivo 2009 Front Label
                August Ridge Primitivo 2009
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                • Il Papavero Puglia Primitivo 2009 Front Label
                  Il Papavero Puglia Primitivo 2009
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                  • Collier Falls Hillside Estate Late Harvest Primitivo 2009 Front Label
                    Collier Falls Hillside Estate Late Harvest Primitivo 2009
                    Primitivo from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                    • Conti Zecca Salento Cantalupi Primitivo Rosso 2009 Front Label
                      Conti Zecca Salento Cantalupi Primitivo Rosso 2009
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                      • Torre Quarto Tarabuso Primitivo 2009 Front Label
                        Torre Quarto Tarabuso Primitivo 2009
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                        • Azienda Agricola Attanasio Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale 2009 Front Label
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                                  Cantine Cristiano Guttarolo Lamie delle Vigne Primitivo 2009
                                  Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                    Pirro Varone Societa Agricola s.r.l Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale Tocy 2009
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                                      Cantine Teanum Otre Primitivo 2009
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                                      • Nichelini Family Winery Primitivo 2009 Front Label
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