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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  • Philo Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel 2009

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    Tasted twice... once in Boonville and then at home back in the Great White North (actually, rainy north); both tastings similar; there is that cloying of fermenting Maraschino Cherry familiar to lovers of this grape, but there is more of Apulia than California here with a smooth, light texture on entry... with the sweet cherry confection. Smoot... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • v v, you might be able to guess, I would recommend a Zinfandel with your Salmon--only, of course, on days ending with 'y."Seriously, though, what about Rose?  It's getting to be that time of year.  OT cracked into his Bedrock stash.  I have a couple bottles (made from PN) from Wilde Farm that I ordered on Berserker Day, and I will, undoubtedly, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Ozv" Old Zin Vines Lodi Zin 2012

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    Light on the fruit and a bit medicinal. Finished with drying tannins. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Castle Rock 'Lodi' Zinfandel 2011

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    Wine review by petermyles


  • A few years ago I had my all time favorite zin.  It was a 2006 Chronicle Gaddis Vineyard Zinfandel.  They just make Pinot now.  I guess it's where the money is.  Anyway, I have looked for other zins from that vineyard and the only one I find is a 2005 Hawley that is probably all consumed.  Any info on that vineyard or other wines from it would b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • I tried a wine I have been excited to dig into tonight...2012 Limerick Lane ... Lane Russian River Valley Zinfandel.My take away is that it will be very good in a couple years.  Dense fruit. A little tart.  It just needs some bottle time.  Not surprising.  After an hour of air it has a little mustyness to it.  If that's a word.Over the last co... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Emark, thanks for the reply, even if you ARE a California wine bigot!  You ... ... need the advice of a Zinfandel drinker (or not, he replied with tongue in cheek).Here's to lots of those great conversations, and a nice glass of wine for each one.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum. Sam.  I am more of a trend follower than a ... ... wine bigot, especially, Zinfandel and, lately, Syrah.  So, I regret to say that I doubt that you will get many insights from me.  However, I do hope that you find the conversations here usef Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • As a liquor store manager, I'm always looking for the next trend and what's popular with wine fans.  Personally, I like to expand my tastes to see what's out there besides what's trending.  Looks like Snooth will help me with both, so I'm looking forward to checking out mentors and "snoothfriends!"Cheers!Sam Jones, jonesvoice. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Gundlach Bundschu Zinfandel Sonoma Valley 2010

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    2012 vintage. Great wine with jammy flavors and cherry aromas. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


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