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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  • I really need to slow down. More party wines and some cellar ... x22013 ... ... x22013 Fogline Dry Creek Zinfandel Grist Vnyd&nbs Read More

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  • Bedrock Wine Company the Bedrock Heritage 2013

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    Murky marroon color in the glass. Nose of blackberry and plummake that prune. Fairly jammy on the tip of the tongue. This declines closer to neutral on subsequent tastesmay be a result of air, or maybe not. Serious tannin also neutralizes fruit. Some stoniness in the back of the palate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • V V - Sometimes we come to expect to be wowed by wines and they fall flat. ... ... 2012 Ridge Litton Springs Zinfandel blend during a thunderstorm.  My UPS has kicked in a few times.  Power is sure to be lost soon!  &nbs Read More

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  • Renwood Zinfandel Premier Old Vine Amador 2011

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    High quality red and blue fruited zin. Nice acidity and light tannic bite. Great value. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Newsome-Harlow Zinfandel Calaveras County 2008

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    Peppery spice and dark fruit nose, long jammy finish. Read More

    Wine review by stachlaw


  • There’s nothing quite like having wine friends. After all, our mutual ... ... I’m thinking of Zinfandel extraordinaire Layne Montgomery of M2 wines and Kevin Soucie of Soucie Vineyards. Layne sources Zinfandel grapes from Kevin’s plot, which was planted in 1916 (that’s 99 years ago!) in soils of decomposed granite and quartz. This is the kind... Read More

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  • 1995 Nalle Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel x21998 Limerick Lane Collins Vineyard Zinfandel x21999 Amphora Mounts Vineyard Petite Sirah2002 Joseph Swan Stellwagen Vineyard Zinfandel x22003 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Bodega Rancho Que Syrah 1.5L Read More

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  • Have stopped by ACME Fine Wines a couple times this month picking up party ... ... Syrah1x 2014 Turley White Zinfandel1x 2014 Jolie-Laide Pinot Gris1x 2012 Chesters Anvil Mead Ranch ZinfandelLast Bottle Wines has supplied:4x 2009 Chateau D'Arsac Margaux4x 2012 Maze Knights Valley Sauvignon BlancWineBid:2x 2005 William Talty Zinfandel2x 2009 Sc... Read More

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  • Consilience Zinfandel Rhode's Vineyard 2007

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    This is a big, bold, jammy, chocolatey wine that shows you it's flavors in layers. I've never had anything like it before or since. I am brokenhearted that the Rhodes Vineyard will no longer be a source for these grapes. No more layered divine deliciousness. Read More

    Wine review by lizzratt


  • Cupcake Red Velvet Cupcake Red Velvet 2012

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    Sweet and fruity aromas of creamy mocha and very light coconut, as the winery suggests! Clear, juicy appearance and flavors of jammy berries and a distinctly dark chocolate/mocha finish. This lives up to it's name and is incredibly velvety smooth in mouthfeel. Tried this with a 90% dark chocolate and both are rich, intense compliments to each... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • THIS PRODUCT IS ABSOLUTELY SMASHING.

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  • 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...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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