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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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  • Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2015  Front Label
    Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2015
    Primitivo from Italy
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  • Andis Primitivo 2015 Front Label
    Andis Primitivo 2015
    Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • A Mano Primitivo 2015 Front Label
    A Mano Primitivo 2015
    Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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    • Matane Primitivo Puglia 2015 Front Label
      Matane Primitivo Puglia 2015
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      • Uvaggio Primitivo 2015 Front Label
        Uvaggio Primitivo 2015
        Primitivo from Lodi, California
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      • Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2015 Front Label
        Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2015
        Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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        • Jacuzzi Primitivo 2015 Front Label
          Jacuzzi Primitivo 2015
          Primitivo from Lake County, North Coast, California
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          • Cantele Primitivo 2015 Front Label
            Cantele Primitivo 2015
            Primitivo from Italy
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            • Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2015 Front Label
              Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2015
              Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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              • Leone de Castris Primitivo di Manduria Villa Santera 2015 Front Label
                Leone de Castris Primitivo di Manduria Villa Santera 2015
                Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                • Castello Monaci Artas Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                  Castello Monaci Artas Primitivo 2015
                  Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                • Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                  Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2015
                  Primitivo from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2015 Front Label
                    Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2015
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                    • Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                      Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2015
                      Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                      • Jeff Runquist R Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                        Jeff Runquist R Primitivo 2015
                        Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                        • Chiaromonte Ele Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                          Chiaromonte Ele Primitivo 2015
                          Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                          • Botromagno Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                            Botromagno Primitivo 2015
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                            • La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2015 Front Label
                              La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2015
                              Primitivo from Veneto, Italy
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                              • Casa Smith Porcospino Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                                Casa Smith Porcospino Primitivo 2015
                                Primitivo from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                              • Sobon Estate Rezerve Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                                Sobon Estate Rezerve Primitivo 2015
                                Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                                • Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
                                  Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2015
                                  Primitivo from Italy
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                                  • Ogio Wines Puglia Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                                    Ogio Wines Puglia Primitivo 2015
                                    Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                    • Fatalone Murgia Teres Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                                      Fatalone Murgia Teres Primitivo 2015
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                                      • Masseria Altemura Salento Sasseo Primitivo 2015  Front Label
                                        Masseria Altemura Salento Sasseo Primitivo 2015
                                        Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                        • L'Uvaggio di Giacomo Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                                          L'Uvaggio di Giacomo Primitivo 2015
                                          Primitivo from Lodi, California
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