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    The red wine Primitivo is made from a red grape variety that is cultivated primarily in California today and is also known as Zinfandel or Crljenak, a very old Croatian grape. In 1999 the Californian oenologist Caroline Meredith initiated a DNA analysis which definitively proved that these three vines are, in fact, the same variety. Wine experts assume that the cultivar was imported to America from Southeast Europe.

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    I Muri Primitivo Puglia IGP 2019 - Vigneti del Salento
    I Muri Primitivo Puglia IGP 2019 - Vigneti del Salento
    Farnese Vini dry Italy
    6.09 £* £7.64 *
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£8.12 * / 1 liter(s))
    70336-IT-RW-PR-0012-14
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    Mandus Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2018 - Pietra Pura
    Mandus Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2018 - Pietra Pura
    Pietra Pura dry Italy
    11.28 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£15.04 * / 1 liter(s))
    70015-IT-RW-PR-005-11
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    Sessantanni Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2016 - Cantine San Marzano
    Sessantanni Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2016 - Cantine San Marzano
    Cantine San Marzano semi-dry Italy
    22.68 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£30.24 * / 1 liter(s))
    70342-IT-RW-PR-503-11
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    White Zinfandel Rosé 2018 - Canyon Road
    White Zinfandel Rosé 2018 - Canyon Road
    Canyon Road Winery smooth USA
    6.73 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£8.97 * / 1 liter(s))
    70007-US-RO-BL-622
    Edizione 19 Cinque Autoctoni VDT - Farnese Vini
    Edizione 19 Cinque Autoctoni VDT - Farnese Vini
    Farnese Vini dry Italy
    20.40 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£27.20 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-IT-RW-BL-012-11
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    Doppio Passo Primitivo Salento 2019 - Carlo Botter
    Doppio Passo Primitivo Salento 2019 - Carlo Botter
    Casa Vinicola Carlo Botter semi-dry Italy
    9.06 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£12.08 * / 1 liter(s))
    70126-IT-RW-PR-001-13
    Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2017 - Ravenswood
    Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2017 - Ravenswood
    Ravenswood dry USA
    15.38 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£20.51 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-US-RW-BL-063-10
    Woodbridge Zinfandel 2017 - Robert Mondavi Woodbridge
    Woodbridge Zinfandel 2017 - Robert Mondavi Woodbridge
    Robert Mondavi dry USA
    9.10 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£12.13 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-US-RW-ZI-004-11
    Primitivo Puglia IGT 2019 - Mandorla
    Primitivo Puglia IGT 2019 - Mandorla
    Mandorla dry Italy
    6.82 £* £7.39 *
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£9.09 * / 1 liter(s))
    70015-IT-RW-PR-008-13
    Costarossa Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2019 - Surani
    Costarossa Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2019 - Surani
    Masseria Surani semi-dry Italy
    10.82 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£14.43 * / 1 liter(s))
    70007-IT-RW-PR-925-11
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    Primitivo Puglia IGT 2018 - Palazzo Malgara
    Primitivo Puglia IGT 2018 - Palazzo Malgara
    Palazzo Malgara dry Italy
    8.99 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£11.99 * / 1 liter(s))
    70009-IT-RW-PR-002-12
    Zinfandel Valley Oaks 2018 - Fetzer
    Zinfandel Valley Oaks 2018 - Fetzer
    Fetzer Vineyards Weine dry USA
    9.68 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£12.91 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-US-RW-ZI-001-08
    Rosato Puglia IGT 1,0 l 2019 - Collezione Il Mio
    Rosato Puglia IGT 1,0 l 2019 - Collezione Il Mio
    Collezione Il Mio semi-dry Italy
    6.71 £*
    Content 1 liter(s)
    70015-IT-RO-BL-006-11
    Altopiano Primitivo Puglia IGT 2019 - Terre di Montelusa
    Altopiano Primitivo Puglia IGT 2019 - Terre di Montelusa
    Terre di Montelusa dry Italy
    8.53 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£11.37 * / 1 liter(s))
    70126-IT-RW-PR-358-12
    Merlot & Primitivo Puglia IGT 2018 - Collezione Il Mio
    Merlot & Primitivo Puglia IGT 2018 - Collezione Il Mio
    Collezione Il Mio semi-dry Italy
    7.51 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£10.01 * / 1 liter(s))
    70015-IT-RW-BL-037-10
    Terre Avare Primitivo IGT 2019 - Cantine Francesco Minini
    Terre Avare Primitivo IGT 2019 - Cantine Francesco Minini
    Cantine Minini dry Italy
    8.55 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£11.40 * / 1 liter(s))
    70125-IT-RW-PR-002-11
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    Primitivo Wine – primary wine growing regions

    The variety was imported to North America around 1825 by the Long Island nurseryman George Gibbs. His ‘Imperial Collection’ included all of the grape varieties known in Austria-Hungary at the time. The name Zinfandel likely came about due to a mix-up with the name Zierfandler, which is a white grape variety native to Austria and has nothing to do with the Primitivo/ Zinfandel. 

    Italian Primitivo wines come primarily from the Apulian wine growing regions Manduria and Puglia. One example is the popular Sessantanni Primitivo di Manduria from the DOC of the same name. Since the onset of the 1990s, Zinfandel cultivation has grown to an area of around 20 000 hectares. Zinfandel is an extremely popular wine grape variety in the USA, second only to the Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Many Californian Zinfandels were originally considered low-priced mass products, however with selective crop reduction and the switch to traditional production methods, many wineries now produce international first-class wines. The Zinfandel is of no particular importance outside of Italy and the USA. Even hybrids or clones of this variety are practically unheard of.

     

    The best terroir for Primitivo

    The maritime climate in Apulia and along the Californian Pacific Coast is ideal for this variety. The vines thrive best in arid, well-drained soil and a warm but not hot, sunny location. Determining the optimal harvest time is a challenge for vintners as the grapes are very susceptible to botrytis cinerea (grey rot, noble rot). Because the grapes ripen unevenly, manual picking is generally unavoidable. 
    High quality Primitivo and Zinfandel wines often reach an alcohol content of 13 to 15 per cent by volume. They unfold complex and rich aromas. Spice notes with hints of black pepper, cloves or cinnamon but also slightly metallic blackberry tones are characteristic for these wines. They are often matured for a very long time, however they shouldn’t be cellared for more than four to eight years. The classic  Primitivo/ Zinfandel is a bold, dry red wine, but rosés and blanc des noirs are also produced.

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