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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  • Zen of Zin Old Vine Zinfandel 2013


    Drinks ;like it's priced. Heavy butterscotch (Oak aging?), some blackberry and earth. Tannin profile is light but acidity is good. Paul 82 poitts Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • There’s no doubt about it: The wines of Lodi, California, have won the ... ... just love her for her Zinfandel. There’s so much more to Lodi, and you’re still discovering new things about her every day. She’s got over one hundred grape varieties under vine, and she’s doing cool new things all the time. Snooth corraled a group of six wine writ... Read More

    From the article Lodi Is Changing The Way We Think About Wine

  • Castle Rock Zinfandel Lodi 2012


    Good, but a softer version of most, raspberry, some dark berry fruits, medium chewy tannins but they over balanced the acidity a little. Some chocolate notes and a little dark cherry on the finish. Drink now - Paul 85 pts Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Deux Amis Sonoma County Zinfandel 2011


    Very good. Big aromas of blackberry, red plum, chocolate, earth with chewy tannins and lively acidity add to a great mouthfeel and a lasting aftertaste. Drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Klinker Brick "Old Vine" Zinfandel Lodi 2014


    Notes of blackberry, dirt and butterscotch are predominate on the nose. Medium tannins and balanced acidity frame the dark cherry finish. Drink now - Paul 88 pts Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Klinker Brick "Old Vine" Zinfandel Lodi 2014


    No written review

    Wine review by mmhthg

  • We just drank bunch of zinfandel last night at our Zinfan-Tastic night celebration.  I think I'd start with a bunch of shots just to back I'm on the same level as our two combatants are and then shoot the TV out of pity. Read More

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  • You guys know that I'm always one to push the limits.  In fact, I like to grab life by the pu##y.....er....let me rephrase that....I like to enjoy pairing wine with politics and things of this nature.  Anyone who knows me might not realize I am better with wine/event pairings than with wine/food pairings.  So, with that being said, I need to pai... Read More

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  • Murphy-Goode Zinfandel Liar's Dice 2013


    Rich fruit aromas of blackberry syrup, floral sweetness, cinnamon and black cherry. Dark and brooding on the palate, ripe fruit notes of blackberry, black currant and black cherry with dark chocolate and black olive notes, with tart acidity and a bit of medicine coming in on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench 2014


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    Wine review by Horseracer

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

    Comment by 774183lilil 774183 lilil

  • 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

    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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