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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  • Enkidu 'E' Old Vine Zinfandel 2015

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    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


  • I've had one taste of The Prisoner, ever.  It was at a wine bar in N. ... knows that when it comes to Zinfandel-based wines I am an insufferable Ridge Lytton Springs bigot.  However, with each bottle I try, I am moving over to the Limerick Lane side.  HIgher price point notwithstanding, they are consistently outstanding wine Read More

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  • Orin Swift "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend 2009

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    Structured and layered, and well beyond it's supposed prime, this was great. Blackberry, dustiness, spice, dark cherry, mocha with tolerable tannins and great acidity. Just shows what cellaring properly can do. 92 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2013

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    Large blackberry and dark cherry profile here, dark chocolate, earthiness with big tannins, matching acidity. Here's the catch - there is a sweetish grapey-ness that is highly a port profile. Interesting thought isn't it. 92 points - hold - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Nice Zinfandel EM.  I haven't tried that one yet.We drove over to Crystal City (Arlington, VA) last night for the first of the season 'Fridays at the Fountain'.  This replaces the previous 'Wine in the Water Park' events of years past.  I was volunteering to pour wines since I retired about 3 years ago, but this January the Crystal City Wine Sho... Read More

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  • Joseph Swan Vineyards Zinfandel Russian River Valley Mancini Ranch 2011

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    Quite tart. Red fruit. Maybe, OK, I know its not red, blueberry. There is sweetness to the berry flavor, but it is not too serious. There also seems to be some spicinessnot pepper or anything like that, but, more, a suggestion of cinnamon or cuminOK, maybe its a texture thing more than a tastelike these powdered spices have been dissolved in ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Graziano Zinfandel 2010

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    Murky, almost prune color. Red berries on the nose, but also volatility. Nice hit of plum and red berry on the tongue. As the wine move back, you realize that tannins are fully resolved. Regardless, this is a big, mouth-filling wine. Definitely, some heat on the rear palate is distracting. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I debated whether to post this here or on RBA's <$20 wines.  I ... ... is no way I could resist a Zinfandel from an Italian maker.  I'll be stunned if this wine blows me away.  Shelf price for this was $15.99I included the Sancerre in this pic for BLM's benefit.  I'm pretty sure the label on this one is not appropriate.  Heck you have to turn ... Read More

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  • Turley Wine Cellars Contra Costa County Duarte Vineyard Zinfandel 2015

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    Sweet, smooth - had at Vintage in Sun Valley Read More

    Wine review by gimmecab


  • Last night.Gee, a (surprise) Zinfandel and from (surprise) OT's back yard.This Zin was quite good--unsweetend red fruit, very tame tannin.  Very enjoyable, but not my favorite. Tonight: Great summer sipper.  Unsweetened fruit--pineapple, banana, green apple, lemon--and lots of acid make this one so refreshing. Read More

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