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 County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • Dry Creek Valley

    The Carneros AVA straddles between both Napa and Sonoma Valleys, with distinct climates. The Na...

  • San Luis Obispo County

      San Luis Obispo is part of the larger wine Central Coast region of California, located at ...

  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • Russian River Valley

    The Russian River Valley is the most southerly AVA within Northern Sonoma. It is named for the ...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • El Dorado County

    The spectacular Sierra Nevada range offers a fitting backdrop to the vineyards of El Dorado Count...

  • Lodi

    The Lodi wine region lies in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley, which include...

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  • Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate

    The estate was founded in 1979 and named Domaine Michel by Jean-Jacques Michel. A native of Switz...

  • Casa de la Cruz

    Casa de la Cruz wines are a companion label of Keller Estate Winery. These lovely entry level Cha...

  • Murphy-Goode Winery

    At Murphy-Goode, winemaking isn’t just a family busness; it’s a family tradition – one that’s end...

  • Goldschmidt Vineyards

    Each Goldschmidt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon profiles a single vineyard, single varietal wine tha...

  • Littorai Wines

    All of the process waste from winemaking is recycled through a constructed wetlands system and re...

  • Dark Horse Wine

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Zinfandel on Snooth

  • Bliss Zinfandel 2010

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    16.96 --> 12.96 Read More

    Wine review by mariel1112


  • Adelaida Zinfandel Michael's Estate Vineyard 2010

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    A most excellent big and bold Paso zin. Loads of dark fruit (ripe dark cherry, ripe plum), nice acidity and fine grained tannins. There's a bit of weight on the tongue that blends well with the big fruit. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Poizin Zinfandel

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    If you are in the market for the worst Zin ever, may I suggest "poizin"?It has zero palate and nose, no body, pale as strawberry Boone's Farm, and no legs to speak of.Scale of 1 to 100.....I give it a -50. And that's simply because the skull and crossbones on the label are cool. Read More

    Wine review by jczech


  • Sparklng Zinfandel!!!  That sounds so good to us Zinfandel bigots.  I saw the pic in the other thread and was wondering what it was.  I've always thought that sparkling red wine was the best accompaniment to the Turkey/Stuffing/Cranberry Sauce Thanksgiving feast. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their ... ... 2001 Russian River Zinfandel Laguna Ridge  |  9 in stock  |  $9.99 Lynch Bages 1999 Pauillac Le Blanc de Lynch-Bages  |  3 in stock  |  $34.99 &nbs Read More

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  • Gamba Old Vines Zinfandel Starr Road Ranch Russian River 2011

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    Wine review by anchca


  • The other wine tonight was a Rioja. I am serving it with a 2-1/2lb Dry Aged ... lot of some aged Ravenswood Zinfandel I have had recently. The nose, the tart raspberry. Been open 6 hours. Will revisit with dinner in another hour or so.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • DM, thank you for the response to my question.  I'm not sure I ... ... ... turned you into a Ridge Zinfandel animal.  I feel so paterna Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Bogle Essential Red 2011

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    An unspecified blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah Noticeably oaky on the nose with some notes of smoky bacon and lots of cedary spice over lightly pepper berry fruit. Noticeably sweet on entry, though not terribly heavy due to the relatively high acids here. Theres a fairly strong mocha note early on the palate that ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Girard Uncorked California 2009

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    66% Zinfandel, 16% Carignane, 16% Syrah, 2% Petite Sirah Sweet caramel and cola on the nose over jammy raspberry fruit. Theres a lot of tobacco and tea here as well, which adds complexity but this comes off as sweet on the nose. Soft and fairly dry on entry with nice density of dry extract in the mouth. the flavors here are well grounded with j... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 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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