Primitivo Around The Wine Blogs


DNA testing has confirmed that Crljenak Kaštelanski - no I can’t pronounce it either - a Croatian grape variety and Zinfandel have the same genetic profile. The fact that the Italian Primitivo is also one and the same has given rise to a new name for the variety - ZPC (not that anyone I know uses it). See Wikipedia for the full details.

I drank an absolutely delicious and highly recommended Primitivo (blended with a little Aglianico) as part of the Combinations food and wine matching challenge. Certainly Primitivo has appeared on Spittoon a lot more often than Zinfandel.

Elsewhere Wineorama rates the Olssen “Bass Hill” Primitivo 2005 highly; this is interesting in being an Australian winery and probably the only Primitivo produced inthe Clare Valley. An Italian version, Sfida 2003 Rosso from Puglia appeared on Lenndevours last year which he described as

“It’s a nice, cheap wine that is just interesting enough to appease the wine geek in me. Nice party pour for sure.”

A Napa Valley Rosé made from Zinfandel/Primitivo gets the thumbs up from Benito’s Wine Reviews; very interesting indeed and finally I found two different versions of Campagna Gello, “Il Valore”, Primitivo on WineCast; good to compare.

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