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.
12 e Mezzo 2018  Primitivo
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Fruity, herbal aromas of raspberry, wild strawberry, blackberry leaf, pipe tobacco, and licorice with a vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length caramelized eggplant, cranberry relish, hay, and bergamot finish. A juicy and flavorful Primitivo that doesn’t skimp on Italian style.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
12 e Mezzo 2019  Primitivo del Salento IGP
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of red and black licorice, cassis tart, strawberry fruit leather, and hints of vanilla with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length raspberry jam, shortbread, and hints of mocha finish with light oak flavor. Fruit forward and lipsmacking, this Primitivo is a great pasta or pizza pairing.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
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.
Varvaglione 2017 Papale Primitivo di Manduria
86 points
$25.99
Black garnet color. Aromas of spice cabinet, tobacco, dried olives, and banana with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, quick melon rind and carob finish with no oak flavor. A simple everyday red with ripe and chewy style.
86 points $25.99
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
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