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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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  • Cantele Primitivo 2010 Front Label
    Cantele Primitivo 2010
    Primitivo from Italy
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    • Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo 2010 Front Label
      Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo 2010
      Primitivo from Italy
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      • Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2010 Front Label
        Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2010
        Primitivo from Italy
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        • Uvaggio Primitivo 2010 Front Label
          Uvaggio Primitivo 2010
          Primitivo from Lodi, California
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        • Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2010 Front Label
          Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2010
          Primitivo from Italy
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          • Feudo di Santa Croce Primitivo di Manduria LXXIV 2010 Front Label
            Feudo di Santa Croce Primitivo di Manduria LXXIV 2010
            Primitivo from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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          • Soleto Primitivo 2010 Front Label
            Soleto Primitivo 2010
            Primitivo from Italy
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            • A. Mano Puglia Primitivo 2010 Front Label
              A. Mano Puglia Primitivo 2010
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              • Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2010 Front Label
                Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2010
                Primitivo from Italy
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              • Pasqua Salento Lapaccio Primitivo 2010  Front Label
                Pasqua Salento Lapaccio Primitivo 2010
                Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                • Masserie Pisari Salento Primitivo 2010 Front Label
                  Masserie Pisari Salento Primitivo 2010
                  Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                  • Oso Libre Nativo Primitivo 2010 Front Label
                    Oso Libre Nativo Primitivo 2010
                    Primitivo from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                    • Castello Monaci Artas Salento Primitivo 2010
                      Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                      • Wattle Creek Primitivo 2010 Front Label
                        Wattle Creek Primitivo 2010
                        Primitivo from Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino, California
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                        • Casa Vinicola Botter Salento Caleo Primitivo 2010 Front Label
                          Casa Vinicola Botter Salento Caleo Primitivo 2010
                          Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                          • Cantine Miali Salento Campirossi Primitivo 2010 Front Label
                            Cantine Miali Salento Campirossi Primitivo 2010
                            Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                            • Cantine Menhir Salento Salento Quota 29 Primitivo 2010 Front Label
                              Cantine Menhir Salento Salento Quota 29 Primitivo 2010
                              Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                              • Atascadero Creek Winery Primitivo 2010 Front Label
                                Atascadero Creek Winery Primitivo 2010
                                Primitivo from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                                • L'Uvaggio di Giacomo Primitivo 2010 Front Label
                                  L'Uvaggio di Giacomo Primitivo 2010
                                  Primitivo from Lodi, California
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                                  • Bella Piazza Primitivo 2010  Front Label
                                    Bella Piazza Primitivo 2010
                                    Primitivo from Shenandoah Valley, Sierra Foothills, California
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                                    • Cantine Due Palme Salento Ettamiano Primitivo 2010 Front Label
                                      Cantine Due Palme Salento Ettamiano Primitivo 2010
                                      Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                      • Li Veli Salento Montecoco Primitivo 2010 Front Label
                                        Li Veli Salento Montecoco Primitivo 2010
                                        Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                        • Azienda Agricola Attanasio Primitivo di Manduria 2010 Front Label
                                          Azienda Agricola Attanasio Primitivo di Manduria 2010
                                          Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                          • Masseria Capoforte Salento Primitivo 2010 Front Label
                                            Masseria Capoforte Salento Primitivo 2010
                                            Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                            • Schola Sarmenti Critera Primitivo 2010 Front Label
                                              Schola Sarmenti Critera Primitivo 2010
                                              Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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