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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  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • Dry Creek Valley

    The Carneros AVA straddles between both Napa and Sonoma Valleys, with distinct climates. The Na...

  • San Luis Obispo County

      San Luis Obispo is part of the larger wine Central Coast region of California, located at ...

  • El Dorado County

    The spectacular Sierra Nevada range offers a fitting backdrop to the vineyards of El Dorado Count...

  • Russian River Valley

    The Russian River Valley is the most southerly AVA within Northern Sonoma. It is named for the ...

  • Lodi

    The Lodi wine region lies in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley, which include...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

Popular Wineries using Zinfandel

  • Barefoot Cellars

    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

  • Carlo Rossi Vineyards

    Every year the Great Central Valley of California provides harvests of uniquely delicious grapes....

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • Canyon Road Winery

    Inspired by the scenic roads that wander through California’s stunning wine country, Rafael Jofre...

  • Dumol Wine Company

    Our 25 acre biodynamically farmed Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating eastfacing slope of...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

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  • Brown Estate Chaos Theory 2009


    Best Zinfandel in California. Jammy, balanced and full bodied Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105

  • Bogle Vineyards Zinfandel Old Vines 2013


    Great full bodied, fruity yet woody Zinfandel. One of my top 10 favorites. Read More

    Wine review by Alex in CNJ

  • Bogle Vineyards Zinfandel California Old Vine 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by Darcee

  • Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Knotty Vines Zinfandel Northern Sonoma, Sonoma County 2012


    Black fruit and earth are strong on the nose. Blackberry preserves and leather palate with cinnamon and clove spice, a good dose of candied black currant, well integrated oak, bramble fruit and vanilla. Good clean finish is long and simple with powdered sugar and cream to accompany the overriding blackberry flavors on the palate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel Benito Dusi Ranch 2012


    All alcohol on the nose, not a hint of fruit. Very acidic with a slightly bitter finish. Suspect it is corked. Very disappointed. The 2011 was wonderful, will have to try another bottle. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Decoy Sonoma County Zinfandel 2012


    Rich black fruit aromas of blackberry and bramble fruit. Flavors are full with candied plum, fresh blackberry compote, cassis, blueberry and a hint of toasty oak. The concentrated flavors follow through to the long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Tin Barn Vineyards Zinfandel Russian River Valley Gilsson Vineyard 2012


    Spiky and spicy hot on the nose with mostly black fruit aromas, a hint of oak ... Definitely a warm weather zinfandel with a lot of fruit and powerful heat, you'll want to stand this wine up against a big meal of grilled meat Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2004


    Very attractive clear red plum color. Blackberry aroma, but with some volatility. Amazingly smooth on entry. Then some serious red fruitcherry and red raspberry. Not as tannic as most Lyttons. In fact, relatively little tannin. Slight tartness on the back of the palate. This one may be at its peak if it hasnt already passed it, but a wond... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2013


    Light powdered sugar aromas of cherry, violets and strawberry. Big bold and ... bold acidity and flavor of a zinfandel without being overly powerfu Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Enkidu E Old Vine Field Blend 2012


    Quite stout blackberry nose with a touch of an acerbic somethingmaybe, alcohol. Terrific blackberry and earthy flavors flow over the tongue. This is a very fat wine, but the fruit is roped in by earthiness and tannin. So, there is no jamminess at all. This is the second one of these that Ive had (one more to go) and, while I dont really have... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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