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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  • Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is an event filled with terrific wine and food from ... Falls 2012 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel ($36)From his property in the heart of Dry Creek Valley Barry Collier produces an outstanding portfolio of small lot wines. Year after year that includes one of the best Zinfandels money can buy. Raspberry and blackberry aro... Read More

    From the article Put These Sonoma Wines on Your Radar


  • Mcmanis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2015

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    Tons of dark cherry fruit that bounces off of the spice note all the way to the finish.92pts Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt


  • OK, since several people made some kind comments, I'll add this to my ... ... my ... AVA bottlings.Their Zinfandel is labeled "Napa Valley."  It is a blend of fruit sourced from the estate vineyard and some other Napa Valley vineyard.  It is a good wine, but, when it comes to Zinfandel, my Sonoma County, and, especially, Dry Creek Valley, pre... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • The majority of wines on the market these days are meant to be consumed within ... region is better known for Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc, with good reason, they crush those varieties. However there are a bit more than a handful of producers bottling world-class, age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon from Dry Creek Valley fruit. Most of the wines in... Read More

    From the article Your Guide to Aged Wines


  • Once & Future Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard 2014

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    Tangy red fruit nose. Yes, red fruitcherry, plum, raspberry, take your pickon the tongue. Lots of acid and a fair amount of tannin around the edges and the rear of the tongue. A bit of vegetative green on the rear palate. More sideways on this wine will do no harm, and may, actually, be relevatory. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ghost Pines Winemakers' Blend Zinfandel California 2011

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    I love Zin! This blend is full of red ripe fruit and packs punch. It delivers value with every vintage. Good buy too! Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Well, it's Sunday.  That sounds like a good reason to have a Sonoma County Zinfandel. Limerick Lane keeps moving higher on my list of favorite Zinfandels.  This one has just the right level of red fruit on entry.  Then, mid-palate i get a rustic earthiness that reminds me of Zins of the 80s.  A lot of tannin in this one.  That, along with good a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Limerick Lane Bedrock Zinfandel 2014

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    Murky purple color. Lots of earthiness or woodiness on the nose. Nice level of red fruit on the tip of the tongue. The earthiness appears mid-palate. The major characteristic of this wine, though is tannin. Tannin along with firm acid makes me think that this wine is an excellent candidate for multiple years of aging. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Speaking of a couple-of-a wines, Sandra and I poured wines again tonight at the ... the best, followed by the Zinfandel from Lodi, C Read More

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  • Limerick Lane Zinfandel Rocky Knoll 2013

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    Reddish purple color. Bright nose of stone fruit. Sure enough, serious ripe red plum flavor on the tip of the tongue. Some hint of bitter spiceclove-like. However, that may be the tannin. This is, pretty much, a tannic beast. However, it also has nice tart acid. I am seriously liking this wine, right now. However, the tannin and acid com... 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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