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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  • Looks like a most excellent wine tasting there OT.  I would be most ... ... we opened a very nice Repris Zinfandel.  This paired well with Sandra's salmon and my steak on our gril Read More

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  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench 2013

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    Wine review by runningbear


  • Harney Lane Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine Lizzy James Vineyard 2012

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    The wine is a lovely deep garnet color in the glass. The nose is just ...-zinfandel.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Going for what over the years has been a pretty reliable label: 2010 ... ... Home Ranch Alexander Valley Zinfandel.  This one hits the sweet Zinfandel spot for me.  Significant blackberry/blueberry fruit on the tip of the tongue, but this fruitiness is modulated by stiff tannin.  Then the acid makes me crave another sip.  Good job Seghesios. U... Read More

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  • Seghesio Zinfandel Home Ranch 2010

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    Big nose with lots of berry fruit and bramble. Big fruit on the tongue/palateblack raspberry, blueberrybut not syrupy. Well-structured multi-faceted wine. Fruit is modulated by woodiness and drying tannins. Then I realize that the acid makes me want to take another sip. Darned good wine that meets my expectation for a Seghesio. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1998

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    Clear, garnet color with the slightest suggestion of bricking around the edges. ... chops with a Late Harvest Zinfandel/Mint sauce) the flavors of the wine seemed to move more towards a candied fruit profile. Clearly, this wine plateaued some years ag Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Steele Pacini Zinfandel Mendocino North Coast 2007

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    Wine review by Liandra160


  • F. Stephen Millier Zinfandel Calaveras County 2013

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    A recent Naked Wines selection. Deep red purple opaque in the glass. Opens ... ... one is not a big, fruity Zinfandel...just big.... Very nice particularly at the Angel Price of $ Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • I must say that I find "trends" in wine as to what a person ... we ... ... we are speaking on white zinfandel, but I suppose making such a statement, would somewhat render me  a hypocrite :)I recently stumbled upon Meiomi Chardonnay paired with a very nice salad (avocados, shrimp, olives) that tasted like heaven! I had just begun to love the m... Read More

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  • In defense of Oaked and Buttery Chardonnays I must say that "I like it".  I know the trend is for the unoaked stainless steel ferment to be on the rise and people are saying that they prefer it over the "Other kind". That may be the trend but the Oaked and Buttery varieties are still my favorites although the unoaked brands are ok also.So in fin... Read More

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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


  • I am looking for this 92 kunde 2007 reserve century.

    Comment by 774183lilil 774183 lilil


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