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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  • Jason Stephens Zinfandel Estate 2009


    Fruit forward but possessing a backbone of structure. Both a hint of red fruit but strongly influenced by blackberries. Very impressive for the price. Read More

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  • Bedrock Wine Co. Evangelho Vineyard Heritage 2012


    Aromas of fresh dark fruitcurrant, blackberry. Gentle hit of that fruit on introduction to the tongue and palate, but then more rustic earthy sensations emerge as the wine passes backeven maybe a mintiness. Very light on tannin with a nice tartness. I had this wine about a year and a half ago, and it is obvious that it is much more integrated... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • OT - I went back to Total Wine yesterday (Friday) and bought four more bottles ... ... of the 2012 Kinneybrook Zinfandel from the tasting but my real goal was to purchase four more bottles of that Montsant wine we've been talking about in this topic.The day was only just started though, as being a Friday night in September, it was a Wine in t... Read More

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  • What''s Instagram?  Whatever it is, I'm sure it's not as good as a DCV Zinfandel. Read More

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  • So happy to be amongst fellow oenophiles! I am a freelance copywriter, writing in the food, wine, and spirits industry.I am here to share my personal enthusiasm for wines, not for professional reasons.I live in Fargo, North Dakota, USA, where no one grows wine grapes to produce actual wine. I am just slightly better informed than a complete novi... Read More

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  • Zichichi Family Vineyards Old Vine Estate Zinfandel 2013


    Very deep purple color. Surprisingly red-fruited on entry. I get a fair amount of red raspberry. This is followed by a somewhat bitter earthiness. Then some stiff tannin kicks in which gives it a lot of masculinity. The slight bitterness may be an offshoot of the tannin. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Triple digits as in the temperature in degrees Farenheit?  It must really ... Northern Virginia.  My Zinfandel tonight was deliciou Read More

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  • Ancient Peaks Winery Zinfandel 2012


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    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • A listy Buzzfeed article made a resurgence this week after it was included in a ... a ... of Rosé, White Zinfandel, gained a dubious reputation for its cloying sweetness and low quality. Rosé's reputation in the United States suffered because of this. But thankfully, the quality Rosé drought is over in the U.S.  And while production of Rosé ha... Read More

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  • V V - A hint of Basil on the finish?  That's interesting.  I like ... ... enjoying a nice 2011 Zinfandel from St. Francis tonight.  Sandra is enjoying a white Merlot we bought at the New Kent Winery a few weeks ago on that 350 mile motorcycle ride down to Langley Speedway.  It's right near the NASA research center buildings down in Hampton, V 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?

    Comment by 196612Al Faison 196612 Al Faison

  • 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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