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

Papale 2019  Primitivo
93 points
$28
A balanced yet rich, delicious and versatile wine that will please any red wine drinker.
Awards: 2022 Best Primitivo
Cortenova 2021  Primitivo
92 points
$17
Best Buy
Truly representative of an Italian classic; pair this dark brooder with braised beef or boar.
92 points $17 Best Buy
12 E Mezzo 2020  Primitivo del Salento IGP
87 points
$14
Best Buy
A firm, palate-pleasing red for effortless pairings.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Coyote Canyon Winery 2015 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Primativo Primitivo
86 points
$33
A lush, modern interpretation of an Italian varietal.
12 E Mezzo 2020  Primitivo
85 points
$16
A fresh and easy drinking wine from the rustic south of Italy.