Let’s get real. Zinfandel is California’s great grape success story. Many will argue in favor of Cabernet or Pinot Noir, but the truth is that both of those grapes can do as well, if not better, elsewhere. No one does Zinfandel like California does Zinfandel, and the climate throughout the state is better suited to producing the bold, lusty Zinfandel than either Cabernet or Pinot Noir.
Yes, them there’s fighting words, I know. But what can I say, great Zin is not only a better value than great California Cabernet of Pinot Noir, it’s also easier to come by. The number of regions suited for Zinfandel dwarfs the amount of regions that make world class Pinot or Cabernet.
What’s not to like? The rich bramble, black cherry and spice flavors? The ability for Zin to absorb oak? I especially like American oak with my Zin. I’m going to jump right into more Zinfandel with a list of my favorite producers, but for today, here are some recently tasted wines that you should be buying!
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