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
A balanced yet rich, delicious and versatile wine that will please any red wine drinker.
Awards: 2022 Best Primitivo
Sobon Estate 2019 ReZerve® Primitivo
93 points
A deliciously balanced Primitivo with lots of attractive savory flair.
Awards: 2021 Best Primitivo
12 e Mezzo 2018  Primitivo
90 points
Best Buy
A juicy and flavorful Primitivo that's American-palate-friendly but doesn't skimp on Italian style.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
12 e Mezzo 2019  Primitivo del Salento IGP
88 points
Best Buy
Fruit forward and lipsmacking, this Primitivo is a great pasta or pizza pairing.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
12 E Mezzo 2020  Primitivo del Salento IGP
87 points
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
A lush, modern interpretation of an Italian varietal.
Varvaglione 2017 Papale Primitivo di Manduria
86 points
A simple everyday red with ripe and chewy style.
86 points $25.99
12 E Mezzo 2020  Primitivo
85 points
A fresh and easy drinking wine from the rustic south of Italy.