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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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  • Matane Primitivo Puglia 2013 Front Label
    Matane Primitivo Puglia 2013
    Primitivo from Italy
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  • Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2013 Front Label
    Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2013
    Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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    • Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2013 Front Label
      Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2013
      Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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      • La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2013 Front Label
        La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2013
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        • Andis Primitivo 2013 Front Label
          Andis Primitivo 2013
          Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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          • Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2013 Front Label
            Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2013
            Primitivo from Italy
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          • Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo 2013 Front Label
            Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo 2013
            Primitivo from Italy
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            • Cantine Due Palme Sangaetano Primitivo di Manduria 2013 Front Label
              Cantine Due Palme Sangaetano Primitivo di Manduria 2013
              Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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              • Jacuzzi Primitivo 2013 Front Label
                Jacuzzi Primitivo 2013
                Primitivo from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                • Schola Sarmenti Critera Primitivo 2013 Front Label
                  Schola Sarmenti Critera Primitivo 2013
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                  • Antica Masseria Primitivo di Manduria 2013 Front Label
                    Antica Masseria Primitivo di Manduria 2013
                    Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                  • Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2013 Front Label
                    Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2013
                    Primitivo from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Feudo di Santa Croce Primitivo di Manduria LXXIV 2013 Front Label
                      Feudo di Santa Croce Primitivo di Manduria LXXIV 2013
                      Primitivo from Italy
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                    • Vini Menhir Quota 31 Primitivo 2013 Front Label
                      Vini Menhir Quota 31 Primitivo 2013
                      Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                      • Jeff Runquist R Primitivo 2013 Front Label
                        Jeff Runquist R Primitivo 2013
                        Primitivo from Sierra Foothills, California
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                        • Cantele Primitivo 2013 Front Label
                          Cantele Primitivo 2013
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                          • Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
                            Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2013
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                            • Castello Monaci Artas Primitivo 2013 Front Label
                              Castello Monaci Artas Primitivo 2013
                              Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                            • Chiaromonte Ele Primitivo 2013 Front Label
                              Chiaromonte Ele Primitivo 2013
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                              • Angel Vine Primitivo 2013 Front Label
                                Angel Vine Primitivo 2013
                                Primitivo from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                • Varvaglione Vigne & Vini srl Primitivo di Manduria Papale Linea Oro 2013 Front Label
                                  Varvaglione Vigne & Vini srl Primitivo di Manduria Papale Linea Oro 2013
                                  Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                  • Az. Ag. Morella Mezzanotte Salento Rosso 2013 Front Label
                                    Az. Ag. Morella Mezzanotte Salento Rosso 2013
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                                    • Conti Zecca Salento Primitivo Rosso 2013 Front Label
                                      Conti Zecca Salento Primitivo Rosso 2013
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                                      • A. Mano Imprint of Mark Shannon Appassito 2013 Front Label
                                        A. Mano Imprint of Mark Shannon Appassito 2013
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                                        • Alberto Longo Salento Masseria Celentano Rubente Primitivo 2013 Front Label
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