Primitivo / Zinfandel

What is Primitivo / Zinfandel?

  • Red grape native to Croatia
  • Genetically is the same grape as Zinfandel, extremely close in genetics
  • Primi means first in Italian, Primitivo is the first red grape to ripen
  • Popular in California for producing Rosé wines where it is called White Zinfandel
  • Loves super warm climates

Where is Primitivo / Zinfandel from?

  • Originally from Croatia, was brought to Italy and the United States in the late 1800s
  • Called Tribidgrag in Croatia
  • Best quality Zinfandel is grown in Sonoma, Napa, and Lodi in California
  • California produces the most Zinfandel in the world

What does Primitivo / Zinfandel taste like?

  • Plumb and Blackberry, cherry, licorice, very ripe dried fruits
  • Vanilla, oak if from California
  • Big powerful wines with softer tannins
  • Low in acid, high alcohol, full body
  • Typically quite dry

What food does Primitivo / Zinfandel go well with?

  • Italian meat sauce-based dishes and eggplants
  • Dark chocolate
  • Anchovies in a red sauce
  • Generally any Southern Italian