Primitivo is the same grape as California’s Zinfandel – essentially its twin brother! The grape was brought to California from Croatia in the early 1800’s before it was brought to Italy, home of most of today’s Zinfandels. The Primitivo name is thought to have derived from its early ripening nature. This vintage is particularly soft, fruit-forward and has nice notes of raspberry. It is a perfect complement to cioppino, pasta, or pork roast.