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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  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench 2014


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    Wine review by Horseracer

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    Wine review by esmark

  • Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is an event filled with terrific wine and food from ... Falls 2012 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel ($36)From his property in the heart of Dry Creek Valley Barry Collier produces an outstanding portfolio of small lot wines. Year after year that includes one of the best Zinfandels money can buy. Raspberry and blackberry aro... Read More

    From the article Put These Sonoma Wines on Your Radar

  • Mcmanis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2015


    Tons of dark cherry fruit that bounces off of the spice note all the way to the finish.92pts Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt

  • OK, since several people made some kind comments, I'll add this to my ... ... my ... AVA bottlings.Their Zinfandel is labeled "Napa Valley."  It is a blend of fruit sourced from the estate vineyard and some other Napa Valley vineyard.  It is a good wine, but, when it comes to Zinfandel, my Sonoma County, and, especially, Dry Creek Valley, pre... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • The majority of wines on the market these days are meant to be consumed within ... region is better known for Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc, with good reason, they crush those varieties. However there are a bit more than a handful of producers bottling world-class, age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon from Dry Creek Valley fruit. Most of the wines in... Read More

    From the article Your Guide to Aged Wines

  • Once & Future Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard 2014


    Tangy red fruit nose. Yes, red fruitcherry, plum, raspberry, take your pickon the tongue. Lots of acid and a fair amount of tannin around the edges and the rear of the tongue. A bit of vegetative green on the rear palate. More sideways on this wine will do no harm, and may, actually, be relevatory. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Ghost Pines Winemakers' Blend Zinfandel California 2011


    I love Zin! This blend is full of red ripe fruit and packs punch. It delivers value with every vintage. Good buy too! Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105

  • Well, it's Sunday.  That sounds like a good reason to have a Sonoma County Zinfandel. Limerick Lane keeps moving higher on my list of favorite Zinfandels.  This one has just the right level of red fruit on entry.  Then, mid-palate i get a rustic earthiness that reminds me of Zins of the 80s.  A lot of tannin in this one.  That, along with good a... Read More

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  • Limerick Lane Bedrock Zinfandel 2014


    Murky purple color. Lots of earthiness or woodiness on the nose. Nice level of red fruit on the tip of the tongue. The earthiness appears mid-palate. The major characteristic of this wine, though is tannin. Tannin along with firm acid makes me think that this wine is an excellent candidate for multiple years of aging. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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