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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  • 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


    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

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  • 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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  • I remember mine completely, just  like it was yesterday, all except for the producer which I think was Tyrrell, but after 40+ yrs the name has faded.  What remains vivid is the experience.  The place was in Freemantle, just outside Perth, in 1976.  Hungry for a good meal, myself and 2 friends chanced upon this spot.  It was owned by a WW2 refuge... Read More

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  • Nice picture of the hard to photograph hummingbirds.On Friday we were in the ... ... and two of the three Zinfandel wines.  Here is the Chardonnay, which we drank with chicken that Sandra made on Saturday.  The '2014 barrique' is quite good and lightly oaked.  Worth the money. &nbs Read More

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  • "Wow.  That seems pretty spendy.  I look forward to a ... that ... that they seem to be OK with ZInfandel and oddly enough, even Tempranillo, if you're looking at the sub $10 leve Read More

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  • 3-pack of Historic Vineyard Society Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel. A barrel each from Morgan Twain-Peterson, Paul Draper, Mike Officer, Bob. Biale and Tegan Passalacqua. Blended into the final wine. Lots of aging potential here. Read More

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  • Orin Swift Cellars "The Prisoner" 2007


    This is what they said "92 points and one the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of ... ... sneak in on the finish. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono and Grenache. Drink now through 2014." Well....we drank it last Saturday and it is a big, ballsy zin. Large dark berry fruit, pepper, big tannins and acidity with touches o... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • One Hope California Zinfandel 2011


    One Hope makes several Zinfandel bottlings - this is their entry level and at 13.5% alc would seem to be modest at best. It is, in fact, anything but. Dynamic fruit to tannin contrast, briary herbals to dusty components, minerality and acidity make this a bold bottle of wine. Drinking really well right now it's built for burgers, grilled seasone... Read More

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  • Girard Old Vine Zinfandel Napa Valley 2012


    Benefited greatly from laying down for the short term. Lush dark berry fruits, briary brush notes, pepper, chocolate lead to a chewy tannin, juicy acidic spiked with a nice pop of alcohol. Drink or hold - decant. Paul 91 points Read More

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