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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  • Well, it was a pretty label for the Zinfandel wine.  Thanks for the tip.  We are in the Mosaic District now enjoying lunch with a nice Borolo wine.  Sandra is looking forward to Leila Josefiwicz's violin performance later tonight.See my posting in the Weekend Wine topic for an update! Read More

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  • I'm still recovering from all the activities of Memorial Day weekend, so ... so ... father.  The Zinfandel was too young (2014) and actually a cheap wine, but the 2010 Petite Sirah was tasty if you like that varieta Read More

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  • Gnarly Head "Limited Release" Authentic Dark 2013

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    Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. This may have the largest chocolate profile in a wine that is not an actual "Chocolate" wine that I've ever tasted. Oh, yeah there is also blackberry, moderate tannins and enough acidity to give a lingering aftertaste. Decent, decant for 30 minutes. Drink now - Paul 86 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Saved "Tattoo" Red Blend 2012

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    The winemaker's notes call this a big powerful wine. Not so much. It does open to add depth and some strength, but it takes a good 45-60 mns. to open fully and the end result was a red berry driven wine with medium tannins, smallish pepper notes and a decent ending acidity. Honestly don't think this worth the nearly $25 it takes to buy locally. ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Miraflores Estate Zinfandel El Dorado 2011

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    Full bodied and delicious. Read More

    Wine review by gvamd


  • Apothic Red 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by mychalannie


  • I do not have nearly the storage capacity that v v will soon have--my storage ... ... I drink a bottle of Zinfandel, and create a hole in my storage, I don't necessarily fill that hole with another Zinfandel.  So, in goes a Syrah or Carignane, or blend.Now, because of this randomly assigned storage strategy, I am very diligent about logging m... Read More

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  • The Prisoner Wine Co. "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend 2012

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    Wine review by dlpugh


  • The Prisoner Wine Co. "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend 2012

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  • The Prisoner Wine Co. "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend 2011

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  • In your recent article you are to be missing the Fanucchi Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel from the Russian River Valley! It seems to have quite a hidden following an a snooth entry at: http://www.snooth.com/wine/fanucchi-vineyards-russian-river-valley-fanucchi-wood-road-vineyard-old-vine-zinfandel/

    Comment by 615653Jean R 615653 Jean R


  • FANUCCHI VINEYARDS !

    Comment by 565487Jo Kelly 565487 Jo Kelly


  • I have enjoyed some excellent Zins from Ravenwwood in Sonoma, CA. Especially their Vineyard Designate series. Could you review a few of these sometime soon?

    Comment by 196612Al Faison 196612 Al Faison


  • Hey all you zin drinkers check out www.wineguerrilla.com

    Comment by 85141wineguerrilla 85141 wineguerrilla


  • Harlow Ridge Zinfandel when you can get it is an excellent wine, the best that I have tasted by this vitner.

    Comment by 391170Mikeycee 391170 Mikeycee


  • Zin page needs updating DNA analysis says original is from Croatia Also stories that when Primitivo and Zin are grown in same vineyard the Zin ripens two weeks later

    Comment by 186654haxeyhood 186654 haxeyhood


  • want a delicious bottle of wine with cherry, chocolate and even coffee notes from washington??? i tried this along with my fellow bartenders, and we fell in love.... it is now on our winelist!!! HOWLING WOLFE ZINFANDEL made by THURSTON WOLFE 2007 this vino is from horse heaven hills. It is increadable!!! i suggest to let it breathe for a while b...

    Comment by 346464vinoniki 346464 vinoniki


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