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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  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Dry Creek Valley

    The Carneros AVA straddles between both Napa and Sonoma Valleys, with distinct climates. The Na...

  • San Luis Obispo County

      San Luis Obispo is part of the larger wine Central Coast region of California, located at ...

  • El Dorado County

    The spectacular Sierra Nevada range offers a fitting backdrop to the vineyards of El Dorado Count...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • Russian River Valley

    The Russian River Valley is the most southerly AVA within Northern Sonoma. It is named for the ...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Lodi

    The Lodi wine region lies in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley, which include...

Popular Wineries using Zinfandel

  • Stonehedge Winery

    In 1992, the Shahabi Brothers began producing wines in the small town of St. Helena, situated in ...

  • T-Vine Cellars

    We are a very small winery located off the beaten path in Calistoga, behind the owner - winemaker...

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

    Rutherford Wine Company is family owned and managed with a portfolio of wines representing the ri...

  • William Hill Winery

    William Hill Estate Winery carries forward a 30-year philosophy of crafting elegant Napa Valley w...

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

      Screaming Eagle is a small winery based in Oakville, California. The original 57-acre (23 ...

  • John Anthony Vineyards

    In 1997 John Anthony Truchard began leasing and managing vineyard property with the idea of one d...

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Zinfandel on Snooth

  • Tin Barn Vineyards Zinfandel Russian River Valley Gilsson Vineyard 2012

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    Spiky and spicy hot on the nose with mostly black fruit aromas, a hint of oak ... Definitely a warm weather zinfandel with a lot of fruit and powerful heat, you'll want to stand this wine up against a big meal of grilled meat Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2004

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    Very attractive clear red plum color. Blackberry aroma, but with some volatility. Amazingly smooth on entry. Then some serious red fruitcherry and red raspberry. Not as tannic as most Lyttons. In fact, relatively little tannin. Slight tartness on the back of the palate. This one may be at its peak if it hasnt already passed it, but a wond... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2013

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    Light powdered sugar aromas of cherry, violets and strawberry. Big bold and ... bold acidity and flavor of a zinfandel without being overly powerfu Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Enkidu E Old Vine Field Blend 2012

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    Quite stout blackberry nose with a touch of an acerbic somethingmaybe, alcohol. Terrific blackberry and earthy flavors flow over the tongue. This is a very fat wine, but the fruit is roped in by earthiness and tannin. So, there is no jamminess at all. This is the second one of these that Ive had (one more to go) and, while I dont really have... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Turley Zinfandel Dusi Vineyard 2012

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    Last industry trade of the Testarossa Winery Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2012 Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Turley Zinfandel Juvenile 2012

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    Ready to enjoy now, but worthy of a few years of age. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • I should have used an emoticon rather than rely on other posters who have read ... that ripen more evenly than Zinfandel, say, but even ripening is never a sure thing and it's the willingness to sacrifice  yield for quality that makes wineries' reputations. I once asked Clay Mauritson about hand harvesting and dry farming in Rockpile.  He said... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Glimpse Of Sonoma County...


  • We concluded this weekend with another day of cleaning around the house.  ... a 2010 Ridge Three Valleys Zinfandel today that Sandra really likes.  I don't think I will buy the Dominican Oaks cab again, but the Ridge is a good wine.  Of course, everyone in these forums already know tha Read More

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  • Perry Creek Winery 'Altitude 2401 Legacy' Zinfandel NV

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    Great Zin. Read More

    Wine review by RFlannery


  • Waterbrook Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    The wine is a bright ruby color in the glass, a little lighter than I normally ... that reminds me more of a Zinfandel than a Cabernet. Midpalate, the takes transitions to some warm spice and floral notes, while the young, yet smooth tannins support a long, warm, dry finish.See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpe... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


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