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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  • Port-a-potty?  Haven't heard that one, but there is plenty of swill ... willing but often lacking Zinfandel grape.  Of course, most of the difficulty is referenced back to human error and human greed... over-cropping, too much sun (raisons are great as raisins - not wine grapes - unless you love Reciotto, which is an acquired taste, like tobac... Read More

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  • The Prisoner Zinfandel Cabernet Sauvignon Petite Sirah 2013

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    tolerable tannins and great acidity, fruit and spice Syrah, Petite Sirah Beginner but this sole my heart along with their white blend Blindfold Read More

    Wine review by Joie11


  • Hey, half of Brooklyn used to get their grapes brought in from CA and they made wine in their garages!  Some folks still do.There was a winery I posted about many years ago - Kincaid, in Ohio. Good wine from their own estate, bordering Kentucky. But they couldn't cut it. Too bad. I haven't had any from Illinois though. Read More

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  • Rockr - There are a lot of those sugar shack wineries in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, etc. The people trying to make serious wine get really frustrated because they get lumped into the same category and some of them just haven't been able to make it, partly because they were never taken seriously.But Ohio does in fact grow Merlot, Cab, and many othe... Read More

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  • Zinfandel lovers unite in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. Eno-tourists are anxious to visit the area known to some as the Zinfandel grape’s spiritual home. But please, don’t come for the Zinfandel alone.Dry Creek Valley’s small, family owned wineries are a true treat for the eno-tourist looking for unparalleled tasting room experiences. The area is j... Read More

    From the article It's not all about Zinfandel.


  • GREGT - Haven't kept up with the latest of Cornell, but remember reading about them in another thread 18-24 months ago about and a couple of other places.The reason for the question was those "sugar shack wineries", like those that we have here. there was actually one winery a few years ago that made their merlot from grapes hauled in from Ca.  ... Read More

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel Sonoma County 2015

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    Fruit forward when first opened with some noticable tannin on the finish. The second day the fruit tammed down and a spiciness came forward. Really enjoyed it. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Mill Creek Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2013

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    Pleasant minerality, dark oak and concentrated blackberry aromas. On the palate this explodes with flavors of rich vanilla, dark chocolate and zesty mixed berry. This is pleasant and deceptively smooth despite being such a big wine - it's full bodied, richly fruited and generous with a creamy texture and a finish that lasts for days. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Amista Winery Gene's Block Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2013

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    Hot, savory bouillon, black pepper and cinnamon aromas with dark black cherry and blackberry fruit. The palate is expansive, expressive and bold with rich blackberry and black currant fruit, full chocolate and espresso and a finish of rich earth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Pedroncelli Dry Rose of Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    Smoky, tarry aromas with dark musk and tart mixed berry on the nose. This is a bit green on entry but overdelivers on rich spice and zesty earth, a fruit blend of cranberry, cherry and raspberry and a bold baking spice finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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...

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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...

    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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