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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  • Menage a Trois Red 2011

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    This is my table wine.. A little sweet and jam-like but perfect for long, laughing conversations. Read More

    Wine review by reneeannbutler


  • The beginning of Spring marks the beginning of several “seasons” as ... Farrell Bradford Vineyard Zinfandel: Retail $45. A Pinot Noir lovers Zinfandel: with fruit that, while prominent, is by no means over-powering, it is refined and deep with great structure. I could smell and drink this for a very long time. 93 Points. A White and a Rosé: Whe... Read More

    From the article Campfire Wines for Spring


  • Hahn Boneshaker Zinfandel 2012

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    This is my 1100th wine, that's it. And today is April 20, 2015. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma Rockpile 2012

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    Big, juicy Rockpile zin by Seghesio. Black cherry and black licorice on the nose. Loads of ripe black cherry, blackberry, black plum, more licorice/anise, some earthiness, nice acidity, fine grained tannins and a medium long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • 24 oysters?  I make that to be 12 apiece.  Totally decadent. ... ... "Black Chicken" Zinfande Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Joseph Drouhin Santenay 2010

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    Had this at a Dinner at Capital Grille in Dallas. A bit disappointing, seemed too young to drink now. Very bright, loads of tannins and high acidity. Hoped for something a bit softer to begin the meal. Bright with slightly under ripe fruit with little to balance the fruit. Underwhelming particularly at the Restaurant price point. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Cellar No. 8 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2011

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    Fruit forward nearing jamminess. Light acid, light tannins and lightly wooded. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • No Lindeman, they aren't adding those flavors, they come naturally to some ... ... and plum are common in Zinfandel, Cab blends and many reds that are on the ripe side.Whether you taste/smell any of these things is irrelevant if you enjoy the wine. Just drink what you enjo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Retired and looking to become more acquainted with wine products.  It seems like an vast array of confusion to me.  I only drink dark red wines, and the cheap kinds- as you might be able to tell by my username- but I love wine.  So let me get my many thoughts together and in some kind of order and I will get back.  Thank you community.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Old Vine Zinfandel 2013

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    Fresh berry nose. Easy entry onto the tongue. There is the initial typical ... in your face Im a big fat Zinfandel announcement. Im not sure if this suggests mitigation from other grape varieties or, perhaps, the desired expression of the winemaker. In either case, a pleasant experience. As the wine travels back nice tannin and acid emer... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • 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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