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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  • Hi everybody I'm a small store owner at the edge of the rust belt, my customers rarely spend over $20 for a bottle, and I am looking to improve my selection a bit beyond what is here now. If you have a minute to help a guy out let me know what you think are the best wines that usually sell for $20 or less. Thanks ! Read More

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  • EMark, stick your thumb over the top of the bottle, give it the Molly Dooker ... ... that I find on many aged Zinfandels. The fruit is still rich and juicy. Red raspberry and strawberry abound like in a Sonoma Coast Pinot but there is no mistaking this as anything but Zinfandel with that briary spice. Label says 16.0 but it wears it well. Juic... Read More

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  • We opened this 2013 Zinfandel this afternoon after taking a nice walk around the neighborhood.  I liked it more than Sandra did.  She didn't taste any fruit like other zins we've drunk but I thought there was a little fruit in this one.  Anyway, it's not recommended but it was under $20 via the Traveling Vineyard wine distributor so what the hec... Read More

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  • What is a great wine for a novice palate?  Read More

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  • I dug into the Cabot bin tonight. $20 blend of Cab, Syrah, Zinfandel and Merlot from Humboldt County. $20? Are you kidding me?  I'm getting more out of this than some CT tasters who are writing notes on price rather than the wine. Syrah 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Zinfandel 15%, Merlot 5% 100% delicious. Great food wine.  Read More

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  • Yeah vinOvinO, I bit too. An eclectic mix I think.Cabot Vineyards - Aged Zins 6pk - 2ea 2007 Zinfandel Tributary, 2009 Zinfandel Tributary, 2009 Klamath Cuvée Ladd Cellars - Mixed 3pk - 2012 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, 2012 Moore Ranch RRV Pinot Noir, 2010 Moore Ranch RRV Pinot NoirVeleta Wines - Reservas Trio - 2ea  2010 Veleta Noladós, 2009 Ve... Read More

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  • Holy crap.  I logged onto e-mail, today and found that I made the Carlisle ... ... Portis White2014 DCV Zinfandel2014 Montafi Ranch Zinfandel2014 Monte Rosso ZinfandelI've mentioned how I enjoy different winemakers interpretation of fruit from specific vineyards.  This helped me narrow down my choices.The Palisades vineyard PS will be compared... Read More

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  • Apropos of the comment above that "claret" was used for just about ... you can see that it contains Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Carignane.  No Bordeaux varietals at all.Roger Moore had no choice but to play the part of Bond with a wink and a nod to its ridiculousness as the franchise had well overstayed its time.  The movies have always been ... Read More

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  • Woodbridge By Robert Mondavi White Zinfandel 2014

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  • Don't forget that history also applies to farming practices. You grow ... ... grapes like Petite Sirah or Zinfande Read More

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