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Grifone Primitivo

Cost: Average price $5

Where buy now: Trader Joe's for $3.99

Grapes: Primitivo

Region: Italy

Vintage: 2010

I truly was skeptical when I saw this Grifone Italian Primitivo at such a price point (insert infomercial joke here). I [stupidly] asked the sales clerk what he thought of it. (Ugh, remember when I did that with the Rosé and it turned out to be useless swill?) Well, in true TJ’s form, he said it was “really good for the price”. Great, thanks. Dare I plunk down $4 knowing I’ve had such stinkers from TJ’s as of late? Throw good booze money after bad? Well, “they cannot _all_ be stinkers” I thought, so I took the $4 gamble.

Primitivo is a grape that most similarly resembles the Zinfandel grape. Some even say that Zinfandel grapes are the same or born out of Primitivo grapes. Hell, check out the label, which says “Old Vine Zinfandel” right on the front. So, let the great debate continue! Either way, I say if you like one, you’re more than likely going to enjoy the other.

Also, like Zin, Primitivo is a great BBQ wine. This wine will fit in nicely with your weeknight hamburger and hot dog grilling plans or could pair with anything slathered in BBQ sauce.

“Anything, Savvy Lush?”

Well, anything you would slather BBQ sauce on in front of your grandmother, at least.

The taste of this Primitivo is fairly mild with notes of cherry and jammy spice. The nose isn’t anything special, and finish is rather fleeting but really, who cares?!? Easy drinking, smooth and pleasing, this is classic “Skank”. But, if you’re truly worried, make sure you have some dark chocolate on hand-never a bad idea.

IMPORTANT NOTE: It’s advertised as a limited selection so I’m telling y’all, get off yer arse and get yours ASAP.

Last Updated ( Thursday, August 09, 2012 7:44am )  

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0 # Christina Wheeler 2014-04-06 07:56
Would like to know where I could purchase a case of Grifone Primitivo? I live in Palm Beach county FLA and have tried total wines and ABC Liquors with NO Luck!
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0 # Savvy 2014-04-06 11:40
Dear Christina,

I'm sorry it's been difficult to find in your area. I've only seen it at Trader Joes. If you have one in your area, I recommend checking them out.

Cheers,
TSL
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Fine. I don't have any sommelier badges. But I have drunk a lot of wine. A lot.

And though I’ve swirled my share of Chateau Valandraud Saint-Emilion, the bottles I buy are almost always under fifteen bucks. Because I'm not made of money.

So now I invite you to benefit from my tireless field work in the sodden trenches of great wine.

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