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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  • Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel Benito Dusi Ranch 2012

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    At five years of age it's hard to get past the alcohol on the nose but once you ... ... with high acidity for zinfandel and a softish bit of tannin on the finish.Second day: Wine is very portish on the nose. More fruit has emerged and the tannins are very sof Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Cabot Zinfandel Tributary 2009

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    Something of a phenolic nose. Lots of red fruit on entrystrawberry, plumand I should add tart fruit. Some tingling around the edges of the tongueanother indication of acid. An unfortunate harshness at the back of the palate. Its not clear to me whether this is from acid or alcohol. Noticeable, but not abusive tannin. For some reason or oth... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ah, the Campesino wines.  I am on the mailing list but I have not ... to ... to the abundance of cheaper Zinfandel wines.  Here is an forum posting that you can read further if you go to this link.Aging Zin?Frodnesor | Aug 25, 2007 11:17 PMI see there are some zin fans here. Any thoughts on ageworthiness of zinfandel? I've heard it said that z... Read More

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  • So that backs up the theory that most Zinfandel's don't age well? Al, this experience definitely does not support the  MISTAKEN NOTION  that Zinfandels do not age well.As multiple posters have indicated here over the years, most modern wines are meant for immediate consumption, not aging.The average wine is, well, average... Read More

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  • I had read it somewhere that Zinfandel's start going downhill quickly after five years.  I too have drunk Zins that we're older than five years and they were ok but not exceptional.  Can someone provide a link to good information regarding the age ability of Zinfandel wines? The picture of the ticket I posted lists the pieces performed at the re... Read More

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  • So that backs up the theory that most Zinfandel's don't age well?We spent the morning at an NSO rehearsal, then went further into the district for a late lunch at Ocean Prime.  It was our first dining experience here and we found it quite nice.  Sandra heard that the Obama's had dined here recently.The performance was decent (being a rehearsal, ... Read More

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  • Battaglini Estate Wines Zinfandel Russian River Valley Twin Pines Vineyards 2004

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    Fruity nose, but with noticeable alcohol. A LOT of red fruitraspberry, cherry, stone fruit--on entry. Then you are smacked by alcoholhot and bitter. I bought this bottle at an Italian deli a couple weeks ago. It has probably been laying on the shelf there for 5 or 6 years. So, it is entirely possible that the compromised storage has forced t... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2009

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    Beautiful nose of wild berries, licorice, and crushed rose petals. Wonderfully ... ... a little sediment. Since Zinfandel leans on the sweeter side of red wine, we decided to pair it with our dinner of Sweet and Spicy Shrimp with Rice Noodles can be found at CookingLight. Although not the greatest of pairings was still enjoyabl Read More

    Wine review by sipsamplestroll


  • V V - Sounds like I might like that Toscana since you mentioned it was not ... ... this nice 2013 St. Francis Zinfandel, which I opened earlier this afternoon to make sure it was drinkable for tonight.  It i Read More

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  • Perez Cruz Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Maipo Valley 2014

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    The wine is a deep purple at the center with bright ruby along the edges. The ... ... is more reminiscent of a Zinfandel. The fruit transitions nicely to some wonderful earthy mineral notes of tar and graphite midpalate. The tannins, while young are quite subdued, but still provide nice structure to the long, smooth, dry finish.See the full ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • 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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