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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  • Orin Swift the Prisoner Napa Valley 2010

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  • Orin Swift Cellars "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend 2008

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Sonoma Zinfandel 2012

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    Boy was this good. Dry Creek has mastered zins over the years and Heritage Vineyards has some of the best zin stock ever. Dense, black and brooding this exudes varietal excitement. Blackberry, damson plum, oak, pepper, spice and briary notes lead to a palate that follows the nose well. This leads to a medium to full bodied tannic structure that ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Sonoma Zinfandel 2012

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  • Easton Zinfandel Amador County 2012

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    Blackberry, dark cherry and herbal aromas combine on palate with anise and chewy tannins. Foothill minerality and good acidity make this a QPR wine worth waiting for - drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Old Soul Zinfandel Old Vine 2012

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    A real surprise. I bought several of these a few years ago just for nights of bbq, several friends over and what not. This remained buried in the cellar until last night. Good idea - glad I didn't plan it that way. Large blackberry and briary along with red plum and dirt really explode out of the glass. A leggy, smooth flowing juice flows a leav... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • I don't know, RBA.  2018 is already getting booked up for us. ... of ... of 2018.  Hmmm.  Zinfandel in the morning and Brunhilde in the evening?  We'll have to give that some thought.  I can see Mrs. EMark's eyes rolling right no Read More

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  • David Akiyoshi 2014

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    A recent Naked Wines selection and a pretty good everyday drinker at the Angel Price of $10.99. Dark opaque Red Purple in the Glass. Opens with Cherry, Plum, and Earth/Musk and a bit of Alcohol; then a bit of Basil/Thyme and Mineral; then Baseball glove Leather, Sourdough, and Oak; Nice rounded mouthful, medium Tannins and bright Acidity. Young,... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Rckr, I look forward to others' reports, but, sadly, I can't say that I ... ... in my memory:David Bruce Zinfandel 1973 (?) -- A super high alcohol wine, but, wow, it totally hit the spot one night at me in the mid 1980s with fruit and cheese.  (David Bruce?  The ophthamologist who went on a Pinot Noir quest?  Who'da thunk it?) Ridge Lytton Spr... Read More

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