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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  • California

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

  • Napa

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

  • Russian River Valley

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

  • Sonoma County

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

  • El Dorado County

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

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

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  • Arrow Creek

    Arrow Creek wines capture the spirit of California – the freedom of open spaces, the rustic outdo...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • Almaden Vineyards

    For over 150 years, Almaden Vineyards wines have been welcome at America's table. We offer a wide...

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • Estancia Estates

    Estancia’s winemakers strive to combine the best of both worlds: a state-of-the art winemaking fa...

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  • Twisted Wine Cellars Zinfandel Old Vine 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by dj71

  • Cline Cellars Zinfandel Big Break 2011


    Another pretty colored wine--darker purply-red. Interesting complex nose--volatile, some berry fruit, some earthiness. Very pleasant introduction to the palate. Another one that gets past the tip of the tongue before any blackberry fruit is detected. Seems to have a silky smooth mouth feel. Very mild tannin. Sharp acid tang on the back pal... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • So, it's a "old vines" throwdown you want, eh, OT?  (I must ... to HVS) Contra Costa County Zinfandel. And, by the way, I enjoyed the Bedrock Old Vines, last night, very much.  A bit "jammier" than I normally like, but it did not cross the line.  I'm sure that I crossed the one of the 7-deadly-sins lines because that bottle was polished off in... Read More

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  • Oak Ridge Winery Ozv Old Vine Zinfandel 2012


    Nice! Give 'em 4 a very solid zinfandel with a lovely finish and a nice touch of sweetness, most Zinfandels for me are too sweet and this one is about as sweet as I would like it so if you're a dry red person it could be too sweet. Hints of milk chocolate, dark fruit, and brown sugar. LOL @ one of the reviews above you don't have to be a snob to... Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo

  • Thurston Wolfe Zinfandel Columbia Valley Howling Wolfe Zephyr Ridge 2006


    Anise and other lovely spices Read More

    Wine review by snorf

  • Bedrock Zinfandel Old Vines Sonoma 2012


    Very pretty red/purple color. Very big fruity, spicy nose. Whoa. Ton of fruit on introduction to the mouth--blackberry, maybe some stone fruit. Quite jammy. On the surface more fruit than I would like to see, but it really does not go over the line. I would love to try this one with some cheese. On consideration, I think I will. US$20.00... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Gnarly Head Authentic Red 2012


    Fruit bomb, tastes like prune juice, similar to Apothic Red, not my style. Blah. Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo

  • Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2011


    Good blend of blackberry and black cherry, complimented by vibrant acidity with subtle earthy spice notes; fine tannins, moderate finish. Read More

    Wine review by cgplayer9

  • Gnarly Head Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by jrieger73

  • Bogle Vineyards 'Old Vine' Zinfandel 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by jrieger73

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