Primitivo ("early one" in Italian) owes its origins to Croatia, and is a mutation of the country's indigenous grape, Crljenak Kastelianski. In the 1700s, it migrated across the Adriatic Sea to southern Italy's Puglia and soon became the region's signature cultivar. DNA analysis in the 1990s proved that Primitivo and Zinfandel are near-identical in their genetic makeup. Although it would be easy to consider them as one in the same, a single glance at the vines and clusters, a waft of the aromatics, and a thoughtful sip tell a different story. We like to think of them as fraternal twins. Same gene pool, different expressions.
Rich with cherry and plum orchard varietal markers with a hint of spiced earth and a firm, but intoxicating mid-palate length, the Primitivo has a rustic elegance that aims to entice. Drink now through 2030.