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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  • Fresh off of a day riding in the back of a tool truck is this 2012 Chaesters ... Anvil Atlas Peak Mad Ranch Zinfandel. Notes later.&nbs Read More

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  • Ozv Zinfandel Old Zin Vines 2013

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    Wine review by calywa


  • I made it a whole month without purchasing any wine, at least that I remember, ... had to. I really enjoy their Zinfandel as it has some very unique qualities that make it stand alone for me. $20/btl was a no brainer decision.Big discounts on full cases of Chester's Anvil winesView this email in your browserChester's Anvil wines are produced b... Read More

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  • Rosenblum Zinfandel Rockpile Road 2010

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    Big wine, yet smooth and flavorful, The Rockpile Road has never disappointed. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Cabot Zinfandel Humboldt County 2013

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    Lots of bright red fruit on entrycherry, raspberry. After passing the tip of ... ... This is a darned good Zinfandel. Zins like this may tempt me away from Dry Creek Valley as Ground Zer Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Horse & Plow Winery Zinfandel Grist Vineyard Dry Creek Valley 2011

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    Can't remember where or when I picked this bottle up, but it is swell. Dark, opaque Red Purple in the glass. Opens with grass and herbal plum cherry preserves; then a bit of dark chocolate cherries; hint of peach; then more roasted cherries. A big smooth mouthful, with it seems, enough tannins to last a few more years.Nice balance of fruit and o... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Your tasting comments are fine, Al, as long as they are honest--and I know ... ... ... we're returning to Zinfandel ground zero. If I was the type to buy cases of a single "cellar defender," this one might head the list.  Just what a Zinfandel should be--easy drinking and ready to go with just about any backyard grilled dinner (we're having s... Read More

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  • Enkidu 'E' Old Vine Zinfandel 2014

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    Red fruitraspberry, strawberry, plumwith slate on entry. Mid palate shows earthiness as initially suggested by the slate. Nice tannin and acid. An easy drinker. This is the kind of Zin that you want a lot of in your cellar. It is an easy go to with any kind of casual dinner. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • At the urging of some here on Snooth, I am venturing out of my DCV Zinfandel rut.  My one Berserker Day splurge arrived today--a Cabot Zinfandel 6-pack from Humboldt County.OK, this one is not a Zinfandel varietal bottling.  It is, obviously, a red blend. With some quick internet research it appears to be 60% Zin and 40% Syrah.  What's not to li... Read More

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  • Turley Bedrock Zinfandel 2014

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    Just slightly short on the finish....but really spicy and beautifully aromatic....will drink it again! Read More

    Wine review by amour


  • I am looking for this 92 kunde 2007 reserve century.

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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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