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Primitivo

Essentially the same as Zinfandel (both are biotypes of the Croatian Crljenak Kaštelanski aka Tribidrag). One of earliest ripening varieties in Italy. High in alcohol. Aromas & flavors: Red cherry, strawberry jam, plum; sometimes tobacco, tar, herbs. Best DOPs: Gioia del Colle DOC, Primitivo di Manduria DOC.

In a nutshell

Alternative Names and Subvarieties: Zinfandel

Best Known For: High-alcohol red wines from Puglia (and California)

Where Grown: Almost exclusively in Puglia (96%)

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Vineyard Area: 17,983 ha (44,419 acres)

Denominations that use this grape variety

Majority Component in One or More Wines of:

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