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Primitivo (Italy)

Primitivo is a red grape from Puglia on the heel of the Italian boot.

Typical Flavors


Strawberry
Strawberry
Raspberry
Raspberry
Blackberry
Blackberry
Cranberry
Cranberry

Cherry
Red
Cherry
Cherry
Black
Cherry
Plum
Plum
Jam
Jam

Oak added Flavors:

Vanilla
Vanilla
Cinnamon
Cinnamon
Licorice
Licorice
Chocolate
Chocolate

Primitivo is known to taste Black, Fruit-Filled, and Jammy.

Profile

Primitivo is known for Fruity wines with crisp Acidity and good Tannins:

BODYMedium - Full
TANNINSMedium - Plus
FRUITMedium - Plus
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperature:
16-17°C (61-63°F)

Food Pairing

Salami
Salami
Ham
Ham
Chili
Chili
Pasta
Indian
Curry
Pasta
Tomato
Pasta
Pizza
Pizza
Lasagna
Lasagna
Hamburger
Hamburger
Chicken
Chicken
Turkey
Turkey
Pork
Pork
Veal
Veal

Primitivo pairs well with American, Italian, and Asian Sweet and Spicy food.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Acidic Sauces. Tomato Sauce. Indian Curry.
Earthy Veggies. Mushrooms.
Onions. Capers. Eggplant.
Pizza. Tomato Pasta.
Spaghetti Bolognese.
BBQ Meat and Veggies.
Hamburger. Chicken. Pork. Veal.

Cheese:
Mature Cheeses. Pecorino. Parmigiano. Manchego. Cheddar.

Puglian Specialities:
Melanzane Parmigiana (Eggplant Parmesan).

If You Like Primitivo

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The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for a good bodied red wine.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

About

The name Primitivo translates as "early one" (like Tempranillo in Spanish),
and refers to the variety's early-ripening nature. Not to be mistaken with "primitive" or "less refined".

DNA testing shows that Primitivo and Zinfandel is the same. Read More ...

Taste Primitivo and Zinfandel and discover the old vs new world wine-making techniques.
Primitivo is less rich and jammy than Californian Zinfandel, it is easier to drink and softer in tannins.
Notice that Primitivo has more Italian minerality and acidity which makes it excellent with tomato based dishes.
Having less alcohol than Zinfandel makes it suitable for afternoon lunches.

DOC - DOCG Regions

Primitivo di Manduria DOC.
Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale DOCG
Primitivo di Gioia del Colle DOC.

Puglia (Apulia)

Puglia is not very famous in the wine world, but the interest is growing.

The capital is Bari.

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