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
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.
Sobon Estate 2018 ReZerve® Primitivo
88 points
$24
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of grilled cherry, wild raspberry, compressed watermelon, graphite, chocolate-covered caramels, and hints of peach with a round, lively, fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long finish with overtones of strawberry-rhubarb compote and coconut with a suggestion of oak flavor. A round, warming Primitivo for Zin heads.
Varvaglione 2016 Papale Primitivo di Manduria
88 points
$25.99
Black garnet color. Oaky aromas and flavors of raspberry sauce, dark chocolate ganache, red bell pepper, roasted meats, and maple-vanilla cream with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, intriguing, medium-length finish with notes of pumpkin loaf, cafe au lait, and spiced berry jam with heavy oak flavor. A rich, oak-centric Primitivo that’s great for winter months.
88 points $25.99
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
Papale 2014  Primitivo di Manduria
85 points
$24.99
Ruby color. Aromas of chocolate-cherry, vanilla-latte, and plum tart with a velvety, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a hot, medium-length blueberry compote, pie crust, caramel, and raspberry sauce finish with moderate oak flavor. Confected sweetness and heat liven up the palate.
85 points $24.99
12 e Mezzo 2017 Organic Primitivo
84 points
$14.99
Deep purple color. Aromas of freshly cracked peppercorns, hints of blackberry, and mango with a supple, bright, dry medium body and a smooth, agreeable spicy mint and ginger finish with light oak flavor. A spicy, robust Primitivo with big notes of peppercorn.
84 points $14.99
12 e Mezzo 2016  Primitivo del Salento IGP
84 points
$14.99
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe raspberries and blackberries, chocolate cake, and tropical fruit with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, cheery finish. A effortless Primitivo for pizza.
84 points $14.99
12 e Mezzo 2015  Primitivo del Salento IGP
84 points
$14.99
Black ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of blackberry jam, marzipan, toasted coconut, and licorice with a velvety, bright, off-dry medium body and a medium-length finish with accents of honeysuckle. A fruity, velvety wine with kisses of vanilla and sugar.
84 points $14.99