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Primitivo

Primitivo is a dark-skinned grape from ancient Croatia that colonised the heel of southern Italy, especially Puglia. Inky-dark with high alcohol and tannins, Primitivo (meaning first to ripen) thrives easily in Italy’s hot south to make reliably rich reds which, in more polished mid-level examples, show Primitivo’s special potential for voluptuously soft, enveloping dark fruits and spice - sometimes with an alluring whiff of anise and, oddly, white peach. Genetically identical to the American Zinfandel grape, the latter’s rising reputation has buoyed the fortunes of the originals - including Croatian Crljenak Kastelanski - with Italian Primitivo now approaching the notoriety of its more complex local rival, Negroamaro. 

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  1. 2015 Coppi Siniscalo Primitivo (Zinfandel)

    2015 Coppi Siniscalo Primitivo (Zinfandel)

    91 Points John Caro
    A rich and satisfying Primitivo (known as Zinfandel in the USA) from the classic territory of Puglia, Italy. This warm region produces a succulent style of red, with reasonable body and darkish ...
    $21.99 in mixed 6+ or $24.99 per bottle
  2. 2015 Coppi Don Antonio Primitivo (Zinfandel)

    2015 Coppi Don Antonio Primitivo (Zinfandel)

    93 Points John Caro
    An immensely rich and satisfying Primitivo from a top producer in Puglia. Made from some of the ripest fruit of their superbly managed vineyards, the Don Antonio is a full-bodied and deeply ...
    $26.99 in mixed 6+ or $29.99 per bottle

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