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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  • Wine Enthusiast gave their cabby a decent write up.  They also make zinfandel.  The pinot evil is entry level and, depending on the vintage, is fairly drinkable. Read More

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  • "Weren't they selling old-vine wine packs for the charity last ... ... 3-packs of 2014 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel. 5 barrels, 1ea from John, Mike, Bob, Tegan and Morgan all blended into the final win Read More

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  • Dashe Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2013


    $19.99 tons of fruit flavor and spice. Full of Blackberry and cherry flavor. I love this wine. Pairs well with a peppery steak Read More

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  • It was the 7th Annual Historic Vineyard Society Tour and Dinner. In past years ... it's the Godfather if Zinfandel, Joel Peterson.  An OT sighting!  The scenery really sucked too. Viticultural Royalty. From left to right. Ned of Seghesio, Bob Biale, John Olney Winemaker Ridge Lytton Springs, David Gates, Dino Amentite, Mike Officer, Joel Peter... Read More

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  • Yesterday we braved 104° temperatures in the Sonoma Valley to tour the iconic Pagani Ranch in Kenwood followed by dinner and some amazing wines. More in my next post. Read More

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  • Did you buy through the winery or a brick and mortar?  I'm very ... ... DNA structure as California Zinfandel."Thanks for that. Pa Read More

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  •  This is an interesting wine.  My understanding is that Tribidrag is ... name for what we now call Zinfandel.  This is an excellent wine that has much more subtley than any California Zin.  Everything seems so much more understated--berry/cherry fruit, tannin, acid all hold their own but seem to yield to the other.  I had the L-M '12 Tribidrag... Read More

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  • Lagier Meredith Tribidrag 2014


    Very dark purple color. Nose of violets and blueberries. Spritzy entry of tart cherry. Mellows out as it passes back. Now it's like unsweetened plum juice. Moderate tannin. Fairly quick finish. This is an enjyable and interesting wine of subtlety. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • A most excellent tasting event.  I wish I were there to sample those ... ... wines.  The 2004 Turley Zinfandel I think would have been my favorite based on how you described them.  My wife Sandra probably would have selected one of the Petite Sirahs.&nbs Read More

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  • We met last night for our 2nd annual pre-HVS old vine offline at Pizzeria Rosso ... maturing very nicely.As for Zinfandel there were 1995 St Francis Pagani Reserve that was DOA, 1997 Hartford Court High Wire that was still plugging along with tart red fruit and soft tannins though the nose was starting to show some oxidation, 2003-2004-2005 Mar... Read More

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  • 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/

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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

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  • 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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