As we traverse the highways and byways of the wine world, a persistent question has always been “are Primitivo and Zinfandel really the same?” Well, the answer is yes and no. After years of sleuthing and research, plus genetic testing - ampelographers discovered both are variants of a Croatian grape called Crljenak Kaštelanski (aka: Tribidrag).
It seems likely Primitivo may be a more pure example, while Zinfandel had more opportunity to mutate and evolve. (Hmmm… does this explain ‘monster’ Zins?) Anyway they are not exactly the same but very close. After close examination, their subtle differences are apparent.
It is usually more lively, generally offering a brighter expression than is typical of Zin (think fresh blueberries, not blackberry preserves). Our version is neither Croatian nor Pugliese, rather it is a delicious example from the heart of Lodi’s Mokelumne AVA and the perfect complement with all manner of casual American cuisine.