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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Zinfandel on Snooth

  • DMCKER, Also to answer your previous post: o Isaac, how many ... ... wine drinker (think white zinfandel). So, in the model, the subscriber would be able to fund a well known winemakers "second label". How the Subscription would work, will be that you currate your own wine selection. We will provide a selection of wines and you actively manage... Read More

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  • Greg, that was an interesting article.  I'd love to try that Marietta ... the way...Hendry makes great Zinfandel and Primitivo (yeah yeah...same thing, but Mike explained how they obtained the clones...maybe Foxall can chime in, he was there with me).  They're separate blocks.  At about $30, I don't see why a Zinfandel beginner shouldn't try thes Read More

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  • Vinovino - I think that's exactly the same problem emark identified - people want the same experience in MacDonald's whether in Peoria or Shanghai and the same wine when they buy that brand.DV - I don't know, you make barrels from trees of different vintages although I'm surprised that some enterprising cooper hasn't tried to market barrels from... Read More

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  • Francis Ford Coppola Rosso & Bianco Rosso 2011


    This is an everyday type of red. It's very appealing, nice grape flavor, mild tannins, nice aftertaste with lingering flavor. Bit of vanilla, tad of spice and a lovely finish. Coppola wines rock. Never disappointing in my red world. Read More

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  • Thread drift is not a bad thing OT.  Some of the better discussions have developed from a vapid beginning.Vino, I understand that conundrum.  Believe me, I'd love if every vintage was as good as the best one.  But blending anything and everything could become murky.  I want to know exactly what's in the bottle I'm drinking.  The stuff BC stuff I... Read More

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  • OT, there are a lot of dots that have to be connected to get from the original topic to where we are now.  Frankly, my pen does not have enough ink to connect them all.  And actually, it wasn't too far back that Greg warned Czarina to avoid the Ghost Pines Zin.While we're at it, whatcha drinking tonight?  It appears there's a Muscadet (See how I... Read More

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  • What does all this have to do with Zinfandel? Just wondering. Read More

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  • DV, in response to your note, a couple years ago we had an interesting conversation with the winemaker at a very large winery (million + cases/year). He said he would love to make wines that express the vintage and terroir but when people buy his medium priced ($10-15) chardonnay, they expect the same flavor profile year after year.  So his bigg... Read More

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  • I suppose, Greg, that a fine wine could be made from a blend of different vintages.  To use another sport analogy, that seems like blood-doping though.  It's taking your blood and storing it to be injected later when you need the haematocrit boost.  I like wineries that make something from their own grapes, from one year and this is what you get... Read More

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  • "what's the difference between Chateau Ausone and Caymus Conundrum?"errrhhh, pricewise, a lotqualitywise, even more?Hopefully, anyone looking to shell out the bucks for either, especially the former, has done some research. Of course enough research and they won't be buying the latter....Lots of NV winemaking has always gone on, especially with ... Read More

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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/

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  • 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?

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

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  • 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...

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