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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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    Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo 2009
    Primitivo from Italy
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        • Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2009 Front Label
          Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2009
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          Leone de Castris Primitivo di Manduria Villa Santera 2009
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          • Cantine Paradiso Puglia Capotesta Primitivo 2009 Front Label
            Cantine Paradiso Puglia Capotesta Primitivo 2009
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            • Cantine Cristiano Guttarolo Puglia Amphora 2009 Front Label
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              • L'Uvaggio di Giacomo Primitivo 2009 Front Label
                L'Uvaggio di Giacomo Primitivo 2009
                Primitivo from Lodi, California
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                • Racemi Primitivo del Tarantino Pervini I Monilli 2009 Front Label
                  Racemi Primitivo del Tarantino Pervini I Monilli 2009
                  Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                  • Pirro Varone Societa Agricola s.r.l Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale Tocy 2009 Front Label
                    Pirro Varone Societa Agricola s.r.l Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale Tocy 2009
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                    • Nichelini Family Winery Primitivo 2009 Front Label
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                      • Botromagno Primitivo 2009 Front Label
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                        • Atascadero Creek Winery Primitivo 2009 Front Label
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                          Primitivo from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                                • Conti Zecca Salento Cantalupi Primitivo Rosso 2009 Front Label
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                                        • D-Cubed Cellars Primitivo 2009 Front Label
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