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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  • Carlisle.Six miscellaneous bottles.  I went through the order form ... ... bottles--1 X Syrah and 5 X Zinfandel.&nbs Read More

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  • Wine myths are often unspoken but incredibly pervasive. Their looming presence ... ... sauvignon blanc, syrah, zinfandel, and many more. The styles and prices of our wines vary as greatly as the wines produced. One day, one may enjoy traditional method sparkling wines like blanc de blancs, blanc de noirs, and brut rosé at one of our sparkling... Read More

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  • the rules of Foxall's  Bastille Day Wathch Drining tonight, thread ... I think this is an excellent Zinfandel, I think it is an excellent Zinfandel for people who think they don't like Zinfandel.  Not overpowering, not "brambly," not tannic.  A very easy to enjoy wine that has a nice suggestion of berry and stone fruit, and without "sweetness.... Read More

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  • Rockpile Winery Zinfandel Rockpile Jack's Cabin 2011


    More of a fruity nose than Im used to for a Zinfandel. On the tongue, though, the fruit is ameliorated. I do get a bit of blueberry and some plum, but this is more subtle than blatant. Some leather that I would, normally associate with Cabernet Sauvignon on the rear palate. Not terribly full-bodied. Fairly light on tannin. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Columbia Valley, Columbia Gorge, and Walla Walla Valley: a triumvirate of ... Williams 2013 Zinfandel ($30)This Zinfandel was sourced at The Gunkel Vineyard in Wishram, WA, which is part of the Columbia Valley. Black and red raspberry aromas are joined by a touch of eucalyptus. Savory herbs, black cherry, and red plum flavors dominate the palat... Read More

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  • Since dailies aren't usually wines that I store long term--good early ... ... variety on hand.  Most Zinfandel is going to be consumed within 3-5 years of vintage, Syrah over a longer term, with more variation--some can be drunk as young as 3, but many will go 10.  Cabs, 10-20 years before drinking, and so on.  On average, I am going to need t... Read More

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  • A good Cabernet Sauvignon will make anyone's day a better one.  We are ... are drinking a 2012 Repris Zinfandel tonight after watching the grandkids for 3 hour Read More

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  • Camden Place Paso Robles 'Highland Red' 2013


    a very pleasant "Ziny" with others and blended to keep you happily drinking till long after you should not. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Josh Cellars Legacy Red 2012


    This has sat untouched laying down for months. It has melded together well, marrying all the fruits, oak, herbal and spice components well. Not a big or complicated wine it drank easily. Read food wine. Drink now - Paul 87 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Some new additions:2013 Tomaresca "Neprica" Puglia2013 Halcon Tierra ... Valley2013 Limerick Lane RRV Zinfande Read More

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