About Primitivo Red Wine

About Primitivo Red Wine
Primitivo is synonymous with Zinfandel, they are closely related grapes from the same Croatian ancestor known as Crljenak. Primitivo is the Italian version of Crljenak and Zinfandel is the American. Like Zinfandel, it produces lush fruity red wines with soft tannins and higher alcohol.

Top Picks for Primitivo

Varvaglione 2015 Papale Primitivo di Manduria DOP
95 points
$24.99
Black violet color. Aromas of blackberry pie, chocolate bicuit, and chai latte with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a polished, charming, medium-length date cake, toffee, and toast finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich and chocolatey primitivo with sultry dark fruit and kisses of sweetness.
95 points $24.99
Due Ruscelli Vineyards 2014  Primitivo
94 points
$39
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of plum pudding, maple, chinese 5 spice, and lilac with a satiny, lively, fruity medium body and a peppery, elegant, long sesame candy, amarena cherries, ground pepper, and Dijon mustard finish with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lip-smacking Primitivo that is both subtle and memorable with loads of intriguing complexity.
Due Ruscelli Vineyards 2015 Due Ruscelli Primitivo
94 points
$39
Dusty black violet color. Fruity, inviting aromas and flavors of vanilla cola, cherry tart, raspberry liqueur, black plum, candy-coated aniseed, and caraway with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, compelling, medium-length finish that shows nuances of spiced peaches and blueberry compote with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A silky-smooth primitivo that offers something familiar yet removed from the New World’s typical Zinfandel.
Cedar Mountain 2017 Sblendorio Vineyard Reserve Primitivo
93 points
$35
Black ruby color. Aromas of mint chip gelato, dried rose, eucalyptus honey, vanilla pod, and graphite with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length raisins, fig cookies, sour cherry compote, licorice, leather, and toffee finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A mature yet bright New World Primitivo that will certainly complement a rich meal.
12 e Mezzo 2015  Primitivo del Salento IGP
92 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas of cherry, peach and tomato compote, herb marinated beets, chocolate zucchini muffin, and green fig and magnolia with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, complex, medium-long tomato Pecorino flatbread and herbed nuts finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak flavor. A delightfully robust and savory primitivo that walks it’s own path.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Italian Primitivo
92 points $13.99 Best Buy
Papale 2014  Primitivo di Manduria
91 points
$24.99
Sedimentary black garnet color. Aromas of strawberry, cedar, plum pudding, allspice, and aged cinnamon with a velvety, vibrant, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length sweet baked berry compote and croissant with plum butter finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, toasty Primitivo that will warm up cool evenings; vivid.
91 points $24.99
12 e Mezzo 2016  Puglia IGP
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Inviting, complex aromas and flavors of chestnut honeycomb, crispy bacon bits, sliced tomato, and berry-apricot relish with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long finish manifesting shades of flan, peppered pomegranate relish, and rosehip with a suggestion of oak flavor. A supple and savory primitivo that will triumph at the table.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $15 and Under'
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
12 e Mezzo 2015  Primitivo del Salento IGP
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of vanilla cream cheese danish, raspberry sorbet, prune, and campfire with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-length dark chocolate, dried figs and dates, and parsley salad finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold Primitivo with lots of vanilla-centric oak and bursts of berry notes.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Verso 2019  Primitivo di Manduria
87 points
$30
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of raspberry, dried figs and dates, peony blossom, and cacao nibs with a medium body and a medium berry tart and seeded toffee finish. A fruit-forward Primitivo that’s sure to please.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2018  Primitivo
86 points
$35
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of minestrone, earth, haricots verts, and black tea with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length finish displaying notes of cacao nibs with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A savory, earthy New World Primitivo for rustic Italian fare or cigar pairings