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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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  • Cantele Primitivo 2012 Front Label
    Cantele Primitivo 2012
    Primitivo from Italy
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      • Pinnacoli Primitivo 2012 Front Label
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        • Uvaggio Primitivo 2012 Front Label
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          • Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2012 Front Label
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          • Matane Primitivo Puglia 2012 Front Label
            Matane Primitivo Puglia 2012
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            • Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2012 Front Label
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              • Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2012
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                • Cantine Due Palme Sangaetano Primitivo di Manduria 2012 Front Label
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                • Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2012 Front Label
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                  • Andis Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                    Andis Primitivo 2012
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                  • La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2012 Front Label
                    La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2012
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                    • Poggio Basso Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                      Poggio Basso Primitivo 2012
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                      • Fiddletown Primitivo 2012 Front Label
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                        • Vini Menhir Quota 31 Primitivo 2012 Front Label
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                          • Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
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                                      • Jacuzzi Primitivo 2012 Front Label
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                                        • Produttori Vini Manduria Primitivo di Manduria Memoria 2012 Front Label
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