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Primitivo

Widely recognised as a Californian varietal, Zinfandel is actually of Croatian origin and has been found to be the same as Italy's Primativo. Initially dominating Californian wine production in the late 19th Century, being a high yielding varietal, Zinfandel was largely grubbed up and replaced by Cabernet in the mid to late 20th Century. The commercial popularity of the off-dry rosé White Zinfandel has rejuvenated the plantings and though the varietal can sometimes be high in alcohol, there are some excellent examples available, including the excellent Heitz Cellars.