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. Dolinsek Ranch Heritage Russian River Valley 2012

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    Very bright garnet color. Lots of berry fruit on the nose. Nicely lean on ... definitely, not the jammy Zinfandel thing, here. Not terribly full-bodied. Towards the back there is some more fruitiness that makes you think sweet, but, then there is also some woodiness that quickly erases that. Very good win Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Acetaminophen, Dextromethorphan, Doxylamine succinate and a bevy of inactive ... a 2012 St Francis Old Vines Zinfandel chaser. Ugh.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Hot cocoa pairs well with holiday movies, but after the sun sets, the fire ... ... fire ... California-true Zinfandel. Try a bottling with class and balance – that can actually age to benefit, like the Gary Farrell 2012 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley. If you go for a white, try a Dolan Estate Chardonnay. The winery is in an AVA within Los Angeles... Read More

    From the article Holiday Movie Wine Pairings


  • VINTJS Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2012

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    A fairly simple and straightforward wine. Heavily fruited on entry, but not enough to make me think sweet. Very modest on the tannin and acid components. Probably, a reasonably good cheap picnic wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • The Prisoner 2013

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    Surprisingly great wine for a blend. Have recommended to many Read More

    Wine review by runningbear


  • The Prisoner Red 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by runningbear


  • I still mean to try something from Keenan...no offense taken by these "ads", just kind of funny and tone deaf. Read More

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  • You guys probably won't be surprised to hear that I have a bottle of the Keenan '11 Zin.  I have no particular plan for when I might open it, but, more than likely, I'll comment on it when I do try it. Read More

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  • Yeah,  '11 was a pretty rough year for ripeness in the Napa Valley and Zin depends on it to be fully appreciated. Read More

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  • Not the first time I've seen this posted on a wine forum this season...new hire? Made too much wine, or slow sales for Zin? Good luck moving them anyway. 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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