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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  • Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma Rockpile 2012

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    Big, juicy Rockpile zin by Seghesio. Black cherry and black licorice on the nose. Loads of ripe black cherry, blackberry, black plum, more licorice/anise, some earthiness, nice acidity, fine grained tannins and a medium long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • 24 oysters?  I make that to be 12 apiece.  Totally decadent. ... ... "Black Chicken" Zinfande Read More

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  • Joseph Drouhin Santenay 2010

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    Had this at a Dinner at Capital Grille in Dallas. A bit disappointing, seemed too young to drink now. Very bright, loads of tannins and high acidity. Hoped for something a bit softer to begin the meal. Bright with slightly under ripe fruit with little to balance the fruit. Underwhelming particularly at the Restaurant price point. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Cellar No. 8 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2011

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    Fruit forward nearing jamminess. Light acid, light tannins and lightly wooded. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • No Lindeman, they aren't adding those flavors, they come naturally to some ... ... and plum are common in Zinfandel, Cab blends and many reds that are on the ripe side.Whether you taste/smell any of these things is irrelevant if you enjoy the wine. Just drink what you enjo Read More

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  • Retired and looking to become more acquainted with wine products.  It seems like an vast array of confusion to me.  I only drink dark red wines, and the cheap kinds- as you might be able to tell by my username- but I love wine.  So let me get my many thoughts together and in some kind of order and I will get back.  Thank you community.  Read More

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  • Bedrock Wine Co. Old Vine Zinfandel 2013

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    Fresh berry nose. Easy entry onto the tongue. There is the initial typical ... in your face Im a big fat Zinfandel announcement. Im not sure if this suggests mitigation from other grape varieties or, perhaps, the desired expression of the winemaker. In either case, a pleasant experience. As the wine travels back nice tannin and acid emer... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Are you staying at the SMI? Lucky dog! Since you are staying in Sonoma proper ... over to Domaine Carneros.If Zinfandel is your thing give Ravenswood a visit. There area ton of options out there and I chose a few easy ones for you based on popularity and history. You could always browse my Sonoma County Winery info page and see what else the a... Read More

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  • "I think the punishment he faces is sharing a '93 Ravenswood Old Hill ... is not a big I AM A BIG FAT ZINFANDEL, and that isuncommon.  Whether this is due to additional grapes that were blended in or to the hand of the winemaker is not clear to me, but I'm notsure I care.  It sure is easy to drin Read More

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  • Funhouse Zinfandel Lodi 2011

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    A zin with tannin overload. Not even zin like....where's the fruit? Totally uncharacteristic of the grape and sucked beyond that fact alone.Ended up the cooking pool with some potential regrets of screwing that up, too. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • 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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