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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  • "I think the punishment he faces is sharing a '93 Ravenswood Old Hill ... is not a big I AM A BIG FAT ZINFANDEL, and that isuncommon.  Whether this is due to additional grapes that were blended in or to the hand of the winemaker is not clear to me, but I'm notsure I care.  It sure is easy to drin Read More

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  • Funhouse Zinfandel Lodi 2011


    A zin with tannin overload. Not even zin like....where's the fruit? Totally uncharacteristic of the grape and sucked beyond that fact alone.Ended up the cooking pool with some potential regrets of screwing that up, too. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Hello!I will be flying into SF early next month and want to plan for 2 nights in Sonoma.  We arrive in the morning and will rent a car. We will plan to drive through Napa (visit a winery or 2) before heading to Sonoma. We will spend 2 nights in Sonoma and then head back to SF for 2 nights. Any recommendations on how our 2 day stay should be spen... Read More

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  • Hope everyone has a great weekend!That is definitely the plan vv.  Going ... soon, presumably, to do some Zinfandel research.  Similarly, your fellow Eastern-Time-Zoner, RBA, should be headiing the other direction for his Burgundy research.  It must be great to be young enough to have the endurance and patience required to voluntarily travel o... Read More

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  • Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Cortina 2006


    Best entry level for a quality Zin. Seghesio's Zins only get better as you move up. All, and I mean all, others go down from here. Read More

    Wine review by StockBoy

  • V V - Glad to hear that 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon was still drinkable.  I am ... ... the 2012 Starry Night Zinfandel and the 2012 Triton Tinta de Toro.  All the wines were quite nice with the meal of asparagus soup and charcuterie board and another baguette.  After the meal, Sandra ordered a glass of the Priorat Natur Vermut (white) from Spain. ... Read More

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  • DV - You wonder how my selection compares with the Monte Bello?  I did ... the wine list was one of the Zinfandel blends with some Cabernet Sauvignon blended in for good measure.  When the sommelier said it was from the Monte Bello Vineyard, my eyes lit up.  I would have expected to pay $150 for that 2011 bottle in such a fine restaurant.  As ... Read More

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  • Philo Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel 2009


    Tasted twice... once in Boonville and then at home back in the Great White North (actually, rainy north); both tastings similar; there is that cloying of fermenting Maraschino Cherry familiar to lovers of this grape, but there is more of Apulia than California here with a smooth, light texture on entry... with the sweet cherry confection. Smoot... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • v v, you might be able to guess, I would recommend a Zinfandel with your Salmon--only, of course, on days ending with 'y."Seriously, though, what about Rose?  It's getting to be that time of year.  OT cracked into his Bedrock stash.  I have a couple bottles (made from PN) from Wilde Farm that I ordered on Berserker Day, and I will, undoubtedly, ... Read More

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  • Ozv" Old Zin Vines Lodi Zin 2012


    Light on the fruit and a bit medicinal. Finished with drying tannins. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

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