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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  • Fun evening tonight with friends, some old some new, great food and some ... ... The Wire Bedrock Sparkling Zinfandel. Fruity, tiny bubbles, more Lambrusco styled. Not bad but not in the league of Champagne. Don't get the hype. Then it was on to a couple of chards.This Evening Land left me wanting something. Namely acidity. Another hyped label... Read More

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  • Made a trip to Pahrump Nevada today to play a round of golf with my friends at Mountain Falls GC. Amazing course! Rated #1 in Nevada and the #7 public course in America. Who would have thought a course that nice could be located smack dab in the middle of basically no-mans land.Because the trip is 45 minutes from Vegas, I decided to visit the wi... Read More

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  • Basically, they just bottle before fermentation is finished and let it continue ... something like Earthquake Zinfandel, which is black, ripe, rich, and thick, maybe it would be more accurate to call that a Zin/Rubired blend. In Bordeaux they used to include one percent of Tannat in the blend but now you just add a spoonful of powdered tannins.... Read More

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  • I am new to this site i just happened to come across   it on goggle  so i posted a reply on  wine that  my father gave some years ago.I decided to go through what i have i know that some are very valuable if they were good to drink but i wouldn't  take a chance paying top dollar if it turns out to be vinegar  so i will list  some pics and would ... Read More

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  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • As a recently displaced New Yorker, I speak for all of NYC when I say, ... ... have a lot of exposure to zinfandel or zin heavy blends. Just looked back through my records and the last zin I had was a 2011 Ridge Three Valleys Zin that I drank last August. Don't remember anything about it, other than that it did the tric Read More

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  • Mauritson Rockpile Cemetery Vineyard Zinfandel 2012

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    Very deep blood red color. Big blackberry/brambly Zin nose. Lots of same on ... earthiness. Quite tame (for Zinfandel) tannin seems to make this an easy one to sip without food, if one was so incline Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Plungerhead Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2012

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    Classic Zin fruit on the nose. In the mouth medium weight with red and black fruits that merge with spicy notes with enough acidity to satisfy. The finish is soft tannins and is medium in length. Overall a nice wine with good QPR. Hate the Zork!!! Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • EMark,Can't you buy older ones?  I haven't had any 2011 ... ... fine.  I have a 2009 Zinfandel left (or is it 2010?)  Hmmm....I'll have to look into this!  Too bad though!&nbs Read More

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  • Hendry Vineyards Zinfandel Block 28 2011

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    Murky red color in the glass. Berry aromas with a hint of volatile alcohol. Very sedate entry on the tongue. Red raspberry suggestions on the tip of the tongue, but then some steeliness (I really dont know how else to describe it.) as it passes to the back of the tongue and palate. Annoying alcohol keeps pops up suggesting lack of balance. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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