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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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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo 2012 Front Label
    Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo 2012
    Primitivo from Italy
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    • Pinnacoli Primitivo 2012 Front Label
      Pinnacoli Primitivo 2012
      Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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      • Uvaggio Primitivo 2012 Front Label
        Uvaggio Primitivo 2012
        Primitivo from Lodi, California
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        • Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2012 Front Label
          Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2012
          Primitivo from Italy
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        • Matane Primitivo Puglia 2012 Front Label
          Matane Primitivo Puglia 2012
          Primitivo from Italy
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          • Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2012 Front Label
            Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2012
            Primitivo from Italy
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            • Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2012 Front Label
              Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2012
              Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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              • Cantine Due Palme Sangaetano Primitivo di Manduria 2012 Front Label
                Cantine Due Palme Sangaetano Primitivo di Manduria 2012
                Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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              • Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2012
                Primitivo from Italy
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                • Cantele Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                  Cantele Primitivo 2012
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                  • Andis Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                    Andis Primitivo 2012
                    Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                  • Poggio Basso Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                    Poggio Basso Primitivo 2012
                    Primitivo from Tuscany, Italy
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                    • La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2012 Front Label
                      La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2012
                      Primitivo from Italy
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                      • Fiddletown Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                        Fiddletown Primitivo 2012
                        Primitivo from Sierra Foothills, California
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                        • Vini Menhir Quota 31 Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                          Vini Menhir Quota 31 Primitivo 2012
                          Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                          • Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
                            Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2012
                            Primitivo from Italy
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                            • Cantina Sampietrana Salento Tacco Barocco Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                              Cantina Sampietrana Salento Tacco Barocco Primitivo 2012
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                              • Casa Girelli Puglia Virtuoso Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                                Casa Girelli Puglia Virtuoso Primitivo 2012
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                                • Cantine Miali Salento Campirossi Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                                  Cantine Miali Salento Campirossi Primitivo 2012
                                  Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                  • Drytown Cellars Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                                    Drytown Cellars Primitivo 2012
                                    Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                                    • Alberto Longo Salento Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                                      Alberto Longo Salento Primitivo 2012
                                      Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                      • Imagery Estate Winery Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                                        Imagery Estate Winery Primitivo 2012
                                        Primitivo from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                                        • Vetrere Barone Pazzo Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                                          Vetrere Barone Pazzo Primitivo 2012
                                          Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                          • Pirro Varone Societa Agricola s.r.l Primitivo di Manduria 2012 Front Label
                                            Pirro Varone Societa Agricola s.r.l Primitivo di Manduria 2012
                                            Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                            • Produttori Vini Manduria Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale Madrigale 2012 Front Label
                                              Produttori Vini Manduria Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale Madrigale 2012
                                              Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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