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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  • Cabot Tributary Marier Zinfandel 2013

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    Very nice, unassuming wine. Light on dark fruit, Very sturdy tannin and acid. Very pleasant aftertaste, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rodney Strong Vineyards Upshot Red Blend Sonoma County 2015

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    Powerful and expressive aromatics of red currant, black cherry and oak shavings with milk chocolate and black pepper heat. Juicy blackberry and black currant flavors on the palate with warm cinnamon and cloves notes, a touch of licorice, mixed berry and warm maple flavors, finishing with a dose of cream soda, cherry and thick tannic structure. G... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Titus Zinfandel 2014

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    Very pretty blue/purple in the glass. Red fruit on entryraspberry, a bit of cherry. Then, some good tannin. Good. This wine has backbone. Not as rustic as a DCV Zin, but, certainly, not a wimp. Probably, not a good match for an elegant dinner, but winner, winner with a more casual meal. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Depends on what the winemaker is trying to achieve, bu no, all red blends are ... ... Could be Syrah/Cabby, Zinfandel/Petite Sirah and list goes on.My the way - how did you get those corks up in the air over that cabana?&nbs Read More

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  • Trader Joe's Petit Reserve Zinfandel Paso Robles 2013

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    Gift from the Bassett's 2/21/2018. It has been a while since I last tasted a zinfandel. This one was not as spicy (not a fav of mine) as I remember the last one I tasted being. Therefore, it was right in my wheelhouse and I drank more of the bottle than I should have. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Sketchbook Artist's Red Blend Mendocino County 2014

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    Dark cola and raspberry aromas, firmly red fruited and bright with cinnamon spice. Cherry cola and cranberry fruit on the palate with a bit of licorice root on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Riunite Lambrusco Rose Premier

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    As a long time fan of both Riunite's Lambrusco and the Rose, I figured this ... light wine rivals a white zinfandel in color as well as these characteristics. In flavour, something seems lost in translation as the two grape varieties conflict more than marry in taste. Hints of each but an undecidedly back and forth profile. Waffling may be ... Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Ledson Winery & Vineyards Dry Creek Zinfandel Reserve 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mariacurcio


  • Turley California Zinfandel Old Vines 2015

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    Red fruit on entrymore towards dried fruit than ripe, fresh fruit. However, not sweet-amplified, like you might expect. So, are you with me here? More savoriness than I would expect from a Zin. Not terribly full-bodied, but, certainly, not wimpy. Observable tannin and acid, but not over the top in either case. Good, easy to enjoy wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2014

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    Interesting. Both black and red berry fruit--almost pie-filling type of "sweetness." Very light on the tannin and acid. All that sounds damning, but for less than $20, this is a perfectly functional wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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