Zinfandel

 

Name of varietal: Zinfandel
 
Common synonyms: Primitivo, Crljenak Kaštelanski (Croatia, believed to be its root), White Zinfandel, Zin, Blush, Zinfendal
 
Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is likely the same grape as Zinfandel. In 2002, DNA testing proved that California Zinfandel has the same genetic structure as the Croatian Crljenak Kastelanski, which is likely its origin.
 
History of the grape: Zinfandel was originally brought over to the US from the Imperial Austrian plant collection by horticulturalist George Gibbs in 1820. There are records of a Boston, Massachusetts nursery selling “Zinfandal” vines for sale in the 1830s. During this time it had become a popular table grape in the Northeast. In the 1840s, it was transported to California during the Gold Rush. It became an abundant crop due to the ease in which it’s grown, requiring minimal pruning and no Read more »

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  • Bucklin Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Bambino Old Hill Ranch 2018

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    Terrific wine. Lots of red berry fruit, but, thankfully, not over the top. Then I notice a tang (orange? lemon?) around the edges of my tongue. Sturdy tannin. Pleasant aftertaste. From vines planted in 1998. Hence the "Bambino" name. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Old Vine Zinfandel 2019

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    Bright red fruit--raspberry, cranberry, maybe, apricot. Not a "rustic" Zin as you might expect from this wineries least expensive bottling. Surprisingly drinkable at this young age. Very noticeable tannin, however, So, along with the acid, here, more sideways time will be rewarded. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Winemaker's Folly Chapter 1 Vino Tinto 2018

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    Sour nose. Upfront stewed fruits, Then, cinnamon. Very slight acidity. Very slight tannin. I want to hate this wine--it just doesn't have any complexity or sophistication--but it seems to be growing on me. It is so easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Rossi Ranch 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Bright garnet color, Somewhat floral nose, Light red berry and stone fruit on the tip of the tongue, Slight suggestion of cola. Fairly light mouthfeel. Medium body belies the relatively high ABV. Still noticeable tannin. A very good wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I do not recall how I was enrolled on the Kreck Wines mailing list, but so be ... what you might expect for a Zinfandel.  Acid spritz under the mid/rear palate.  An unfortunate retro-nasal funk suggesting sulfur.  Faiirly sturdy tannin.  Not the most mouth-filling Zin, but, not, particularly, shy eithe Read More

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  • Greg, I would quibble only a bit with your comment about Syrah.  Not only ... D&R offering included a Zinfandel.  You know I jumped for that.  Read More

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  • Gnarly Head Lodi Zinfandel Old Vine Zin Lodi

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    Zins were always my favorites and where I started from, but this very flavour specificaly is a category that don't understand... I've found it in several Zins, that I can't drink - it always bring me to abythy and doom of death for some reason. Deep overwhelming bold greens - that's how I would describe this. Very signature flavour to me persona... Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Carlisle Winery 'Papera Ranch' Zinfandel 2016

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    Opaque maroon color. Nose of ripe berries. Sure enough berries introduce the wine on the tongue--more dark berries than red. Big mouthfeel, but not viscous, Acid and tannin are both very controlled. Just a terrific wine Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma 2018

    Snoothrank:

    This wine opens with red fruit and, interestingly, some salinity, A suggestion ... ... zest. A good amount of Zinfandel "bramble" that I don't see very often in modern renditions. Medium-bodied. Noticeable, but not intrusive, at all, tannin. Slightly hot, but, again, not really annoyin Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Enz Vineyard Heritage 2018

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    Very nice wine. If it is not as great as it will be in the future, then so be ... wine I ever tried was a 1976 Zinfandel varietal bottling that I bought in 1983. Believe me, that wine was nowhere near the sophisticaion and subtlety of this on Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Try 7 Deadly Zins Lodi Ca. Lots of berry and spicy excellent with rib eye steak and dark chocolate

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  • THIS PRODUCT IS ABSOLUTELY SMASHING.

    Comment by 1134302REDS 45 1134302 REDS 45


  • If you ever find yourself in Southern Italy, you can put this primitivo/zinfandel connection to the taste test at the Moio family wine operation in Mondragone. Check out their website, and then check out their wines! They generally cook up four or five different primitivi each year, with Maitico being the most expensive and 57 the mid-priced a...

    Comment by 656126mjapka 656126 mjapka


  • I also love Lodi Zifindales-OVZ, Deep Purple, Earthquake,Herman Walters Family Vine ,Campus Oak,Starry Night,are some. These are not from Lodi- Imortal Zin(better the next day),Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zifindal, Joel Goetz 2005 Zifindal,Robert Biale Vineyards Zifindale,Layer Cake Zifindale. Right now Taza Chocolate (Whole Foods, only make dar...

    Comment by 760568aliceoneal 760568 aliceoneal


  • If you love food & wine these Video reviews are refreshing and down to earth. Most recently Judit & Corina of Wine Dine TV just (August 29, 2011) released a video review of The Fanucchi Vineyards 2005 Old Vine Zinfandel They each rated it 4.8 out of 5. In this short clip they pop the cork, taste it, and describe & discuss the it & what it ...

    Comment by 46167Vine Master Fanucchi 46167 Vine Master Fanucchi


  • Gotta try SPEEDY CREEK from Knights Valley, Sonoma. Small lot estate winery right across from Peter Michael and mighty delicious (without the $$$)! Mountain fruit, rich berry taste and the perfect amount of spice. Great with food/bbq and equally good on it's own. A great social wine.

    Comment by 384270tutti vino 384270 tutti vino


  • I have been expirementinbg with various white zins and almaden is best bny taSTE TEST. hOWEVER THW LASAT TWO BOXES i OPENED HAD THE SIPGOT 0ON THE WRONMG SIDE4 OF THE BOX SO i HAD TO IOPEN THE BOX TAKE OPUT THE BAG AND REPOSITION IT SO i COULD USE THE SPOUT...tHE LATEST BOX WAS ENJOY BEFORE SEP 21, 2011 35510 16 18rl11

    Comment by 830087JBZCPINE 830087 JBZCPINE


  • that's some very good stuff.That is my best wine ever.I had some of that stuff right before my grandam ever past away.

    Comment by 494061drinkwine36 494061 drinkwine36


  • Zin lovers, gotta love the new generation of Zins coming out of Lodi...Check out Fields Family Wines www.fieldsfamilywines.com

    Comment by 222318lodiwino 222318 lodiwino


  • Rombauer Vineyards (Napa Valley, CA)....hands down the best and most flavorful Red Zinfandel you will ever try, I promise.

    Comment by 776777Rach1102 776777 Rach1102


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