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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  • It was the 7th Annual Historic Vineyard Society Tour and Dinner. In past years ... it's the Godfather if Zinfandel, Joel Peterson.  An OT sighting!  The scenery really sucked too. Viticultural Royalty. From left to right. Ned of Seghesio, Bob Biale, John Olney Winemaker Ridge Lytton Springs, David Gates, Dino Amentite, Mike Officer, Joel Peter... Read More

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  • Yesterday we braved 104° temperatures in the Sonoma Valley to tour the iconic Pagani Ranch in Kenwood followed by dinner and some amazing wines. More in my next post. Read More

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  • Did you buy through the winery or a brick and mortar?  I'm very ... ... DNA structure as California Zinfandel."Thanks for that. Pa Read More

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  •  This is an interesting wine.  My understanding is that Tribidrag is ... name for what we now call Zinfandel.  This is an excellent wine that has much more subtley than any California Zin.  Everything seems so much more understated--berry/cherry fruit, tannin, acid all hold their own but seem to yield to the other.  I had the L-M '12 Tribidrag... Read More

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  • Lagier Meredith Tribidrag 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Very dark purple color. Nose of violets and blueberries. Spritzy entry of tart cherry. Mellows out as it passes back. Now it's like unsweetened plum juice. Moderate tannin. Fairly quick finish. This is an enjyable and interesting wine of subtlety. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • A most excellent tasting event.  I wish I were there to sample those ... ... wines.  The 2004 Turley Zinfandel I think would have been my favorite based on how you described them.  My wife Sandra probably would have selected one of the Petite Sirahs.&nbs Read More

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  • We met last night for our 2nd annual pre-HVS old vine offline at Pizzeria Rosso ... maturing very nicely.As for Zinfandel there were 1995 St Francis Pagani Reserve that was DOA, 1997 Hartford Court High Wire that was still plugging along with tart red fruit and soft tannins though the nose was starting to show some oxidation, 2003-2004-2005 Mar... Read More

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  • The Historic Vineyard Society is holding their annual vineyard tour and dinner today at Pagani Ranch in Kenwood. Last night a few of us got together for a pre-party at Pizzaria Rosso in Santa Rosa. I'll finish the report in the next post to avoid having all the pictures stuffed into the header. Read More

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  • Plungerhead Lodi Zinfandel 2014

    Snoothrank:

    A lttle sweet but pretty darn good for the price. Will buy again even if I hate the stopper. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Enkidu 'E' Old Vine Zinfandel 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Nose of berries and some dustiness. Red fruit and dustiness on the tip of the tongue. Nice acid tartness. Sturdy tannins. Somewhat unusual finish: a suggestion of caramel and, interestingly, a lingering tingling sensation on the tongue. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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