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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  • Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Contra Costa County 2008

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    Wine review by lwf


  • Wine is not the first pairing that comes to mind when you’re talking ... ... ... Sauvignon, 13% Syrah, 7% Zinfandel and 4% Merlot$12, 13.8% abv. The wine opens up quickly with rich aromas of plum and strawberry, the latter being a little surprising for the grape blend. On the palate it shows mild tannins, big fruit, and a gentle finish. It’s e... Read More

    From the article Brazilian Cuisine is Begging for Wine


  • Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel "Geyserville" Alexander Valley 2012

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    Red and blue fruit on the nose and bit acholic. Red and blue fruit on the palate with some strong acidity and a fruity medium length finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's ... the ... ... the Terra d'Oro; the Zinfandel, which confirmed my bias towards Dry Creek zins; and a Petite Sirah, which was dark as night but definitely a Petite Sirah for folks who can find it too tannic.  Spinetta has a rural feel, down to the wildlife paintings on the wall and on th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County 101


  • Jon, 11.8%.vv, I posted pics of the latest LL delivery over on the What ... ... I received their take on Zinfandel from the Bedrock Vineyard.  I already have a couple vintages from Bedrock Wine Co.  Similarly, in my last Bedrock order I picked up their take on Limerick Lane Zinfandel.&nbs Read More

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  • Decoy Pinot Noir 750m 2012

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    This should be for the 2012 Zinfandel, however, despite 2 attempts to list the wine, it remains a Pinot...Not a bad little number, had with a dinner at Perry's in Dallas. good complexity and not an overabundant fruity Zinfandel. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Vena Cava Big Blend 2012

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    More blue-purple than red-purple in the glass. Fairly light on the nosesome barnyard hints, some vegetative hints. Under the palate this is a harmless, albeit, non-distinctive wine. Initial tastes are of dried fruitsprunes, raisinswithout the sweetness. An unusual mouth sensationthis wine seems to have the consistency or viscosity of perspir... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Four Vines Old Vine Zinfandel Truant 2011

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    Wine review by jtfluitt


  • Valdez Family Winery Zinfandel St. Peter's Church Vineyard 2009

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    This is a big, dark Anderson Valley zin from Valdez,probably the least restrained they make. Loads of ripe black cherries, blackberries, fig, dried plum along with a touch of smoke and spice. This wine carries its not shy alcohol of 15.2% very well. The tannins are smooth and well integrated along with a fairly long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Robin recently took the winemaking position at Swanson Vineyards in Oakville ... A Sangiovese, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, 6 Cabernet sauvignons nd 3-4 Merlots. All 2014 fruit and vinified to this point by Chris Phelps for whom Robin will be taking over duties for. Fruit came from various vineyards from Oak Knoll district, to Yountvil... 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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