Our Best Zinfandel/Primitivo Selection
8 Best Zinfandel/Primitivo Reviewed
Find below the reviews for our wine selection of the 8 Best Zinfandel/Primitivo so that you have all the info you need to pick what’s best for you.
Rich, vibrant, and juicy, this wine boasts aromas of cherry and wild berry, with soft notes of black pepper.
Tightly packed layers of cranberries, wild berries, and ripe cherries flow together with a touch of allspice for a rich, full flavor.
Moderate tannins show in the rich, mouth filling finish.
This ruby red Zinfandel blend represents the very best lots of grapes from vineyards all across Northern California.
Bold in its dark berry aroma and laced with hints of cardamom and fall spices, its finish has persistent notes of chocolate and rich coffee bean.
Deep ruby wild berries, red flowers, Mediterranean herbs, humus and eucalyptus.
This extraordinary bouquet is also the result of the traditional method in which the freshly-picked, over-ripe grapes are dried, so that a portion of the water evaporates and a higher sugar concentration arises.
It’s a very nice Zinfandel and offers a great value for money.
It’s round, deep with medium body and tannins and a long finish. Red and black fruits notes along with leather, vanilla, and oak.
Intense ruby red color, wide and complex to the nose, fruity, with a prune and cherry jam aroma, with notes of tobacco, slightly spicy.
A full-bodied wine, soft and rich in fine tannins, with notes of cocoa, coffee and vanilla in the end.
Very deep ruby red with violet reflections. Fruity, spicy and intense bouquet, with notes of plums, cherries, rosemary and vanilla.
Full, mellow, well balanced wine showing immediate appeal.
Deep, rich purple color. Intense red fruits are on the nose, with black pepper spice and a touch of cloves and dried herbs.
The palate is full with ripe tannins, raspberry, cranberry and black fruit flavors, followed by white and black pepper spices.
Ruby red, round and soft taste reminiscent aromas of jam and berries.
Wine that identifies excellently its territory with its important structure, while respecting the elegance that distinguishes it.
Buying Guide to Zinfandel and Primitivo
It’s not just about which Zinfandel/Primitivo you should buy. There are other important aspects like how to serve it, food pairings, and much more.
The below buying guide will give you a detailed overview of all these topics.
Zinfandel Main Regions and Alcohol Content
Here you find an overview of Zinfandel’s alcohol content and where it is most commonly planted.
What Does Zinfandel Taste Like?
These are some of the most common aromas and flavors of Zinfandel.
Zinfandel Food Pairings
These are some food pairing suggestions for Zinfandel.
Serve and Store Zinfandel
Here you find some useful tips on how to serve and store Zinfandel.
Primitivo Main Regions and Alcohol Content
Here you find an overview of Pimitivo’s alcohol content and where it is most commonly planted.
What Does Primitivo Taste Like?
These are some of the most common aromas and flavors of Primitivo.
Primitivo Food Pairings
These are some food pairing suggestions for Primitivo.
Serve and Store Primitivo
Here you find some useful tips on how to serve and store Primitivo.
Zinfandel is a black grape that comes typically in two red styles: Zinfandel in California and Primitivo in Italy.
Its flavor ranges from red fruits to black fruit depending on its ripening. It has full-body, high alcohol, with medium-high acidity and tannins.
What to do next?
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Zinfandel and Primitivo.
What does Primitivo mean?
Primitivo comes from the Latin “primativus” which translates into the “the first to ripen”.
What is Zinfandel/Primitivo history?
Zinfandel’s history is quite interesting and deserves to be told!
Zinfandel grapes originated in Croatia around 6000 BCE and DNA wise are identical to Primitivo in Italy and Crljenak Kaštelanski and Tribidrag grapes in Croatia.
In the 18th century, it was introduced in Puglia in Italy. It then arrived in the US in the 1820s and by the 19th century, it became the most popular variety in California.
Finally, at the end of the 20th century red Zinfandel rose to popularity once again and today is widely planted in California.
Where does Zinfandel/Primitivo grow best?
Zinfandel/Primitivo grows best in warm and sunny regions. The grape ripening has a direct effect on the taste profile of the wine.
- Under-Ripe / Cool Climates: red fruit (raspberry, red berry) flavors.
- Ripe / Warm Climates: black fruit (blackberry, blueberry), anise, and black pepper flavors.
When is the perfect time to drink Zinfandel/Primitivo?
Are you hosting or going to a BBQ? Zinfandel/Primitivo is a great match for it!
Is Zinfandel/Primitivo sweet?
Zinfandel/Primitivo is not a sweet wine. You generally find it dry. A dry wine contains less than 15 g/L, or sugar per liter.
Learn more about wine sweetness level here.
When is the International Zinfandel/Primitivo day?
There is an International Zinfandel day and it’s the 3rd Thursday in November. But Zinfandel has its own festival as well, the ZINEX .
Is there a Primitivo Late Harvest?
Yes, there is. In Italy, they produce a late harvest version which you must try! It’s amazing! It’s called Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale.
Which is most popular between Zinfandel and Primitivo?
This one is for the series: the swing of the pendulum!
When in the 70s Zinfandel was popular in the US, Italian producers were selling Primitivo as Zinfandel in the US to benefit from its popularity.
Primitivo is now rising in popularity and some Californian producers are now labeling their wines as Primitivo.
Is there a Zinfandel Rosé?
Yes, there is. Zinfandel has a Rosé version called White Zinfandel. You can find out more here.
What’s Zinfandel/Primitivo's typical price range?
Zinfandel/Primitivo is an affordable wine. You’ll find good quality wines for around:
- $12-$20 price range for the Italian’s style.
- $15-$30 range price for the Californian’s style.
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