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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  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench 2013


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    Wine review by runningbear

  • Harney Lane Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine Lizzy James Vineyard 2012


    The wine is a lovely deep garnet color in the glass. The nose is just ...-zinfandel.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Going for what over the years has been a pretty reliable label: 2010 ... ... Home Ranch Alexander Valley Zinfandel.  This one hits the sweet Zinfandel spot for me.  Significant blackberry/blueberry fruit on the tip of the tongue, but this fruitiness is modulated by stiff tannin.  Then the acid makes me crave another sip.  Good job Seghesios. U... Read More

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  • Seghesio Zinfandel Home Ranch 2010


    Big nose with lots of berry fruit and bramble. Big fruit on the tongue/palateblack raspberry, blueberrybut not syrupy. Well-structured multi-faceted wine. Fruit is modulated by woodiness and drying tannins. Then I realize that the acid makes me want to take another sip. Darned good wine that meets my expectation for a Seghesio. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1998


    Clear, garnet color with the slightest suggestion of bricking around the edges. ... chops with a Late Harvest Zinfandel/Mint sauce) the flavors of the wine seemed to move more towards a candied fruit profile. Clearly, this wine plateaued some years ag Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Steele Pacini Zinfandel Mendocino North Coast 2007


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    Wine review by Liandra160

  • F. Stephen Millier Zinfandel Calaveras County 2013


    A recent Naked Wines selection. Deep red purple opaque in the glass. Opens ... ... one is not a big, fruity Zinfandel...just big.... Very nice particularly at the Angel Price of $ Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • I must say that I find "trends" in wine as to what a person ... we ... ... we are speaking on white zinfandel, but I suppose making such a statement, would somewhat render me  a hypocrite :)I recently stumbled upon Meiomi Chardonnay paired with a very nice salad (avocados, shrimp, olives) that tasted like heaven! I had just begun to love the m... Read More

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  • In defense of Oaked and Buttery Chardonnays I must say that "I like it".  I know the trend is for the unoaked stainless steel ferment to be on the rise and people are saying that they prefer it over the "Other kind". That may be the trend but the Oaked and Buttery varieties are still my favorites although the unoaked brands are ok also.So in fin... Read More

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  • I'm thinking about having another Old Vine Offline (Zinfandel) night sometime in the near future if anyone is interested. Been stocking up. Read More

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