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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  • Turley Zinfandel Juvenile 2013

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    Wine review by eyetalian


  • Turley Zinfandel Juvenile 2013

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    Wine review by eyetalian


  • Turley Zinfandel Juvenile 2013

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    Black and blue fruit on the nose. PnP it was jammy with black fruit, some white pepper, baking spices and a long finish of very smooth tannins. The jamminess resolved with some air and became a tasty well balanced wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Ridge Geyserville 2013

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    Very interesting wine. For those who recall the days when a Zinfandel was characterized as brambly, this aint it. The front label indicates that this wine is 73% Zin, 17% Carignan, 9% PS and 1% Mourvedre. This is a pretty gentle wine. A fair amount of red berry fruit on introduction, but nowhere near the tannin that I would expect. Not real... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Josh Cellars Legacy Red Blend

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    Had at wine bar at key west. Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Edmeades Shamrock Vineyard Zinfandel Mendocino County 2013

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    Dark plum and rich mixed berries on the nose with dried fig and starchy dates with a note of baking spice to boot. This is pleasantly earthy in the mouth but still carries a real depth of fruit, with tart cranberry notes and ripe blackberry notes mixing amidst a full spice box and vanilla bean finish that comes with some red licorice and a touch... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Glenn Ellen White Zinfandel 2002

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    Very good wine, Light Crisp Excellent summer wine. Read More

    Wine review by Tony Colozza


  • I was thinking that it was them, RCKR.  I think I read it in an e-mail ... to find that Angeli Cuvee--a Zinfandel/Petite Sirah/Carignane/Syrah blend.  Is that in my wheelhouse or what?And, for what it's worth, Paul Limerick Lane is another winery that is moving higher on my list of favorites.  I've been buying from them for about a year, now, ... Read More

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  • From the back label this is mostly Zinfandel: I picked up a couple bottles of this, the other day.  I know I read something about this wine winery sometime within the last year.  Did the Bilbros take it over?  I also remember that Lot Number 62 was a darned good, low-dollar wine.  So, for $12.27 I'm taking a couple shots at Number 63.My initial ... Read More

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  • Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley 2013

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    This is milk chocolate covered strawberries with sugar frosting to a tee. This is truly decadent in the mouth, dark and rich blackberry preserves, spicy cinnamon and clove, chewy tannins and dark chocolate coming through towards the finish. 90 pts Read More

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