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Browse by Grape - Zinfandel/Primitivo

The red grape Californian winemakers like to call their own. It is in fact Primitivo (from the southern Italian region of Puglia), and can occasionally be almost identical to its Italian twin. Good Zinfandel should be dark (forget that pink stuff you see in supermarkets), richly flavoured with layers of blackberry and bramble fruit, chocolate and spice, with a curiously sweet twist on the finish. The original red version is still very popular and the best examples are highly sought after. Sadly it is the popularity of the pink version that dictates the enormous amount of acreage devoted to its plantings. Changes made over generations of wine producers have however, left the Primitivo grape entirely unique. The grapes are grown on very steep hills, which are dotted with caves, and the variation in temperature between the day and night is quite dramatic. The name does not derive from it being ‘primitive’, but from the fact it is ‘primaticcio’ i.e. one of the first grapes to harvest each year. It was originally used as a blending wine with lighter varieties from the north but now stands up on its own as a wine of exceptional standard.

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Red Wine
Paolo Leo PRIMITIVO 2014
Italy :: Puglia
Zinfandel/Primitivo
Body: d - Medium to Full
Drink now, but will keep

This red wine has a bouquet of cherry, plum and a light spiciness. Full, soft, powerful flavour with recognisable tones of the Primitivo grape; ripe black fruit such as blackcurrant, blackberry, plum and spice. Pairs well with hearty pasta dishes, red meats and stews. Also delicious with a cheese plate.

Shop Price: £9.99
75.0CL
Out of stock
Red Wine
Consorzio Produttori Vini MEMORIA Primitivo Di Mandura 2016
Italy :: Puglia
Zinfandel/Primitivo
Body: e - Full
Ready to drink

Ruby red in colour with violet hues this wine has a complex nose of ripe red fruits. The palate is dry yet soft withthe right amount of tannins and good length.

Shop Price: £18.49
75.0CL
In Stock
Red Wine
McManis Family Vineyards ZINFANDEL 2014
USA
Zinfandel/Primitivo
Body: c - Medium

The McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel has a bright hue and is deep purple in colour. The scent of Black Raspberry and Strawberry proliferate in the nose. Background notes of caramelised sugar and vanilla are also present. Rich, soft and creamy, in the mouth, the fruit sensation promised by the nose is delivered upon in the mouth. Berry flavours and hints of vanilla linger long after the wine is swallowed.

Shop Price: £12.75
75.0CL
Only 2 left
Red Wine
Wente Vineyards Wente BEYER RANCH ZINFANDEL 2012
USA :: California :: Napa
Zinfandel/Primitivo
Body: e - Full
Drink now, but will keep

Classic Californian Zinfandel...drinking well now.

Shop Price: £13.49
75.0CL
Out of stock
Red Wine
Ridge GEYSERVILLE 1/2 BT 2012
USA
Carignan (Mazuelo) (Samso), Petite Sirah, Zinfandel/Primitivo
Drink now, but will keep

This outstanding vintage aged fourteen months in air-dried american oak. Rich primary fruit gives the wine immediate appeal; it will develop greater complexity over the next ten years.

Shop Price: £19.99
37.5CL
Out of stock
Red Wine
Ridge GEYSERVILLE Zinfandel 2014
USA :: California :: Santa Cruz Mountains
Carignan (Mazuelo) (Samso), Petite Sirah, Zinfandel/Primitivo
Body: e - Full
Drink now, but will keep

This outstanding vintage aged fourteen months in air-dried american oak. Rich primary fruit gives the wine immediate appeal; it will develop greater complexity over the next ten years.

Shop Price: £43.00
75.0CL
Out of stock
Red Wine
Ridge LYTTON SPRINGS 2014
USA :: California :: Santa Cruz Mountains
Carignan (Mazuelo) (Samso), Petite Sirah, Zinfandel/Primitivo
Body: e - Full
Drink now, but will keep

This elegant, full-bodied wine, with its firm tannins and intense, complex fruit, is among the finest of recent vintages. Enjoyable now, it will develop further over the next ten years.

Shop Price: £43.00
75.0CL
Out of stock
Red Wine
Ridge GEYSERVILLE Zinfandel MAGNUM 2012
USA :: California :: Santa Cruz Mountains
Zinfandel/Primitivo
Body: d - Medium to Full
Drink now, but will keep

One of our top Zinfandels. Benchmark quality.

Shop Price: £72.00
150.0CL
Out of stock