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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  • Bedrock Wine Co. Limerick Lane Vineyard Zinfandel 2013

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    Black fruitmaybe, even, blueberryon entry. Not the most mouthfilling Zin Ive ever had, but, certainly, pleasant enough. Moderate tannin. Very nice acid provides a nice counterpoint to the upfront berriness. An easy wine to enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Titus Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley 2015

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    Fairly volatile nosedefinitely can detect the alcohol. Very pretty bluish-purple color. Lots of red fruit on the tip of the tongue. Unfortunately, much more jammy than I like. The acid and tannin are overcome buy the unfortunate front fruit in this wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • The history of Zinfandel in America can be traced back to Italian Immigrants who planted it all over California for a number of reasons including its hearty nature. For that reason it was also the dominant choice of home winemakers in other parts of the country who were purchasing grapes shipped east from California.  For years it was thought th... Read More

    From the article This is America's Most Versatile Wine Grape


  • Fritz Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    Funk aroma, sulfur, I assume, that seems to take longer than normal to fade. Quite fruitycherry, stone fruit. Could use some minerality or woodiness or something to beat down the fruit. Fairly mellow tannin. Reasonably good acid. Fruit imbalance prevents me from really liking this one. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge 'Lytton Springs' 2011

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    A very elegant Zinfandel. Does that sound strange, or what? Quite often, Zinfandel (and this bottling is 84% Zinfandel) seems to hit with tons of berries, sticks, thorns, tea leaves and other things off the floor. This one enters with no fanfare. Light red fruitnot the big berry thing that I get, a lot, with Zinfandel and, definitely, not ja... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Trader Joe's Zinfandel Central Coast Coastal 2016

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    not my favorite style of zin, but still it's an excellent wine for the price with interesting structure to explore. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Forestville White Zinfandel 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by FLLADY 8115


  • Ravenswood Zinfandel Napa 2013

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    This typical zinfandel, from the warm Lodi region, lives up to Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto. In this wine, there's plenty of raspberry, blackberry, blueberry and plum aromas, as well as green/white peppers, herb/leafy and spicy notes. It's a chewy, full-bodied red with balanced acidity. The wine presents plenty of jammy notes; dark berry/... Read More

    Wine review by sipsamplestroll


  • The Prisoner Wine Co. Zinfandel California Saldo 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • Sadly, Snooth has, pretty much decided that they don't care about the ... ... of frustration.Yes, White Zinfandel is not white.  It is often referred to as a blush wine.  I am sure that there is a reason why it is not called a rosé, but I don't know that reaso Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


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

    Comment by 2037782Snoother 2037782 2037782 Snoother 2037782


  • 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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