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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  • Sketchbook Artist's Red Blend Mendocino County 2014


    Dark cola and raspberry aromas, firmly red fruited and bright with cinnamon spice. Cherry cola and cranberry fruit on the palate with a bit of licorice root on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Riunite Lambrusco Rose Premier


    As a long time fan of both Riunite's Lambrusco and the Rose, I figured this ... light wine rivals a white zinfandel in color as well as these characteristics. In flavour, something seems lost in translation as the two grape varieties conflict more than marry in taste. Hints of each but an undecidedly back and forth profile. Waffling may be ... Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis

  • Ledson Winery & Vineyards Dry Creek Zinfandel Reserve 2005


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    Wine review by Mariacurcio

  • Turley California Zinfandel Old Vines 2015


    Red fruit on entrymore towards dried fruit than ripe, fresh fruit. However, not sweet-amplified, like you might expect. So, are you with me here? More savoriness than I would expect from a Zin. Not terribly full-bodied, but, certainly, not wimpy. Observable tannin and acid, but not over the top in either case. Good, easy to enjoy wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2014


    Interesting. Both black and red berry fruit--almost pie-filling type of "sweetness." Very light on the tannin and acid. All that sounds damning, but for less than $20, this is a perfectly functional wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Francis Ford Coppola Directors Cut Cinema Red Blend 2007


    I like this wine a lot Read More

    Wine review by cane

  • Continuing with the Old Vines Zinfandel theme that I started yesterday: Another wine that I picked up in our Central Coast visit, last October.This wine is clearly better than last night's. At approximately twice the price, it better be.  Red dried fruit on entry.  Surprising (for Zinfandel) savoriness.  Not the most full-bodied wine, but not wi... Read More

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  • Well, today was a little spendy.  Solicitations from Bedrock (Chardonnay, Syrah, Zinfandel), Rivers-Marie (Chardonnay) and Quivet (Syrah).  I actually did show some restraint. Read More

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  • C.G. di Arie Primitivo California Shenandoah Valley Estate Grown 2005


    Very nice Read More

    Wine review by jave

  • I will call your St. Francis DCV Zin with a Maruritson, Al. This is, to ... is, to me, a most unusual Zinfandel.  It is so soft.  Zinfandels are often described with adjectives such as rustic and brambly.  That sure ain't this one.  Very soft red cherry in entry.  As the wine passes back, though, the cherry seems to increase.  Finally, some ta... Read More

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  • 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...

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