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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  • Lots of up front red fruit in this one that I had last night: A Grenache, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah blend.  I think the predominant component grape is the Grenache.  So, this is not as big a wine that would have had mostly Zin or PS.  It's just not a very complex or sophisticated wine.  On the other hand, for a clean-out-the-refrigerator day, it w... Read More

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  • Lone Madrone the Will 2012

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    Wow, big red plum/cherry flavors on the tip of the tongue. Almost an unsweetened chocolate thing mid-palate. Very light on both tannin and acid. Not a particularly sophisticated wine, but something that will go well with burgers or pizza. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • With shipping to Wisconsin being such a mess, I found a place that ship without ... Bedrock Vineyard Sparkling Zinfandel X 1Under the WIre 2013 Brosseau Vineyard Sparkling Chardonnay X 3Bedrock 2016 Old Vines Zinfandel X 6I resisted last summer when the solicitation came from Bedrock.  I did not order any SVDs.  I'm not going to rush into them,... Read More

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  • This arrived, today, from Last Bottle's August MarathonTenuta Buon Tempo ... Tempo ... PradoEnkidu OV ZinfandelStark Kick Ranch SyrahWhetsone Jon Boat PNHiller Wine & Queen Gruner VeltlinerStark Barbera Damiano VineyardChehalem Three Vineyard RieslingMost of the whites will be going to the catsitter--and with much appreciation.Most of the red... Read More

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  • Sbragia Zinfandel Gino's Vineyard 2012

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    Dark purple in the glass with just the slightest amount of light passing through. Quite funky noseprobably Sulphur that hasnt blown off, yet. Lots of tart cherry on the tip of the tongue. Then some stoniness. Certainly not the biggest Zin Ive ever had, but enjoyable. Light-ish on tannin, but strong on acid. A very pleasant prickly sensatio... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Three Wine Company Old Vines Field Blend Contra Costa County 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by anstett


  • It's really hard to take a pic of these bottles with the painted-on ... ... Grenache, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel.It's an easy enough wine to drink, but, to me, it's just not very sophisticated.  Candied red fruit on entry and, then, some tarry notes--that actually help it out.  Very light on tannin and not particularly full-bodied.  The tar an... Read More

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  • Marietta Cellars Angeli Cuvee 2013

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    Easy wine to drink--just not terribly sophisticated. Candied red fruit on entry. Then some tarry notes. Not particularly tannic or full-bodied. The saving grace is that there is sufficient tartness to keep this from being declared a fruit bomb. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Alexander Valley Vinyards Temptation Sonoma County Zinfandel 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Cigar Zin Zinafandel 2012

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    Wine review by pjazzy


  • 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/

    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...

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