Primitivo is actually the exact same grape as Zinfandel and seems (based on genetic variations being wider in California) that this is perhaps the only case where a new world wine producing country has been able to successfully export a grape to an old world wine producing region.

Like Zinfandel, Primitivo finds its best balance once vines age to at least 50 years old and can carry an incredibly wide flavor profile, taking on the character of the terrior from which they grown perhaps more then any other grape.