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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."

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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  • Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2014 Front Label
    Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2014
    Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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    • Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2014 Front Label
      Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2014
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      • La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2014 Front Label
        La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2014
        Primitivo from Veneto, Italy
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        • Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2014 Front Label
          Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2014
          Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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          • Chiaromonte Ele Primitivo 2014 Front Label
            Chiaromonte Ele Primitivo 2014
            Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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            • Boeger Primitivo 2014 Front Label
              Boeger Primitivo 2014
              Primitivo from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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              • Botromagno Primitivo 2014 Front Label
                Botromagno Primitivo 2014
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                • Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2014 Front Label
                  Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2014
                  Primitivo from Napa Valley, California
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                • Andis Primitivo 2014 Front Label
                  Andis Primitivo 2014
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                  • Cantele Primitivo 2014 Front Label
                    Cantele Primitivo 2014
                    Primitivo from Italy
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                    • Collier Falls Hillside Estate Primitivo 2014 Front Label
                      Collier Falls Hillside Estate Primitivo 2014
                      Primitivo from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                    • Jeff Runquist R Primitivo 2014 Front Label
                      Jeff Runquist R Primitivo 2014
                      Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                      • Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2014 Front Label
                        Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2014
                        Primitivo from Italy
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                      • Leone de Castris Primitivo di Manduria Villa Santera 2014 Front Label
                        Leone de Castris Primitivo di Manduria Villa Santera 2014
                        Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                        • Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
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                          • Pinnacoli Primitivo 2014 Front Label
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                            • Cantine Paradiso Posta Piana Primitivo 2014 Front Label
                              Cantine Paradiso Posta Piana Primitivo 2014
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                              • Il Papavero Puglia Primitivo 2014 Front Label
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                                • A. Mano Imprint of Mark Shannon Appassito 2014 Front Label
                                  A. Mano Imprint of Mark Shannon Appassito 2014
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                                  • Farnese Vigneti del Salento 'I Muri' Primitivo 2014 Front Label
                                    Farnese Vigneti del Salento 'I Muri' Primitivo 2014
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                                    • Cantine Teanum Otre Primitivo 2014 Front Label
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                                        Az. Ag. Morella Mezzanotte Salento Rosso 2014
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                                        • Azienda Mottura Le Pitre Primitivo 2014  Front Label
                                          Azienda Mottura Le Pitre Primitivo 2014
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                                          • Casa Vinicola Botter Salento Doppio Passo Primitivo 2014 Front Label
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                                            • Orion Wines Primitivo di Puglia Passitivo 2014 Front Label
                                              Orion Wines Primitivo di Puglia Passitivo 2014
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