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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  • No sooner than the Fedex driver dropped off our fall Bedrock allocation their ... Valley  (x2)2017 Esola Zinfandel Amador County  (x2)2017 Evangelho Heritage Red Contra Costa County  (x2)2017 Judge Sauvignon Blanc Bennett Valley  (x2)2017 Old Vine Zinfandel California  (x5)2017 Wirz Vineyard Old Vine Riesling Cienega Valley (x2) &nbs Read More

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  • Received these today:The acclaimed 2016 Limerick Lane RRV Zinfandel Read More

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  • Gnarly Head Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel 2014

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    The Gnarly Head (Lodi, CA) Zinfandel is typical of its Central Valley provenance; there is a soft vanilla-cherry nose with a hint of evergreen (cedar or cypress), and entry is slightly sweetish with a ton of blueberry or bilberry on the palate, a short finish but decent balance with little heat (despite the 15% alcohol by volume.) and touch of c... Read More

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  • Participated in a wonderful Zinfandel tasting event tonight.  I poured this and was very pleased.Really a great QPR value.  Smooth with briary blackberry, red plum and plenty of pepper, moderate tannins and good acidity. Read More

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  • Five Glasses!  High praise, indeed, Duncan.  You have access to so ... A bit of dustiness.  A Zinfandel-appropriate level of "rusticity."  Tannins are, pretty much, settled down.  This is the first wine that I have ever had from this maker.  Obviously, I have been missing out.&nbs Read More

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  • Valdez Family Winery Zinfandel Rockpile Botticelli Vineyard 2011

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    Something of a barnyard nose, but, thankfully, that does not seem to translate on the taste buds. Very pleasant plum and berry flavor on entryslightly tart. Some dustiness. Some wood. Nice big, mouth-filling wine. Very moderate tannins still hanging around. Read More

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  • 2015 Keating Montecillo Vineyard ZInfandel. Red plum fruit.  Mouth-filling.  I want to think “jammy,” but there is not the sweetness that comes with jammy wines.  Some herbalness mid-palate—almost minty.  A fair amount of tannin, but not over the top.  Good everyday drinker.  Read More

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  • Keating Montecillo Vinnyard Zinfandel Moon Mountain District 2015

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    Red plum fruit. Mouth-filling. I want to think jammy, but there is not the sweetness that comes with jammy wines. Some herbalness mid-palatealmost minty. A fair amount of tannin, but not over the top. Good everyday drinker. Read More

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  • Williams-Selyem Zinfandel Russian River Valley Papera Vineyard 2013

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    Nice, slightly tart, red fruit. Suggestions of wood or bramble, but suggestions, only. Some herbalnessIm getting parsley. Reasonable tannic backbone but, also quite restrained. I am enjoying this wine, but Im glad I am taking it out of storage. Read More

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  • Here it is, a $70 Zinfandel:Nice, slightly tart, red fruit.  Suggestions of wood or bramble, but suggestions, only.  Some herbalness—I’m getting parsley.  Reasonable tannic backbone but, also quite restrained.  I am enjoying this wine, but I’m glad I am taking it out of storage.  Read More

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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

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

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