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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  • Avalon Blend California 2015

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    This was a wine looking for a body. The nose was pretty good with Damson plum, dark cherry, spice and modest tannins and balanced acidity. Short aftertaste drink now - 83 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • OK, as a Social Security pensioner, I'm as interested in <$20 wines as ... as ... Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel for < $20?  Kirkland Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon for less than < $20?  Guess what.  They are all pretty darned good wines. Are they better than the Kirkland Chianti or CdP?  Who cares?Believe me when I tell you, we can perform the sa... Read More

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  • AL - I love to dig around, but there is a very good quality 2014 - the Chateau ... ... is a great version of zinfandel.  Sells for about $1 Read More

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  • Sometimes we get used to paying upwards of $100 for a nice bottle of wine from the wine shop.  Those are the 'good days' that we want to remember, but soon you notice your bank account is dropping faster than Trumps approval rating, so you start looking for more value-oriented wines that are tasty in their own right.When you find a nice wine tha... Read More

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  • Last night Matt Denny and I attended the Napa Grape Growers Association Annual ... ... Pretty property out on Zinfandel Lane next door to Raymond. Looked around for Linda but didn't see her. Did run into my Step-son and his wife. It was his first Napa event after officially taking over the helm at Stagecoach. He worked the crowd effortlessly ... Read More

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  • Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel Benito Dusi Ranch 2012

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    At five years of age it's hard to get past the alcohol on the nose but once you ... ... with high acidity for zinfandel and a softish bit of tannin on the finish.Second day: Wine is very portish on the nose. More fruit has emerged and the tannins are very sof Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Cabot Zinfandel Tributary 2009

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    Something of a phenolic nose. Lots of red fruit on entrystrawberry, plumand I should add tart fruit. Some tingling around the edges of the tongueanother indication of acid. An unfortunate harshness at the back of the palate. Its not clear to me whether this is from acid or alcohol. Noticeable, but not abusive tannin. For some reason or oth... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ah, the Campesino wines.  I am on the mailing list but I have not ... to ... to the abundance of cheaper Zinfandel wines.  Here is an forum posting that you can read further if you go to this link.Aging Zin?Frodnesor | Aug 25, 2007 11:17 PMI see there are some zin fans here. Any thoughts on ageworthiness of zinfandel? I've heard it said that z... Read More

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  • So that backs up the theory that most Zinfandel's don't age well? Al, this experience definitely does not support the  MISTAKEN NOTION  that Zinfandels do not age well.As multiple posters have indicated here over the years, most modern wines are meant for immediate consumption, not aging.The average wine is, well, average... Read More

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  • I had read it somewhere that Zinfandel's start going downhill quickly after five years.  I too have drunk Zins that we're older than five years and they were ok but not exceptional.  Can someone provide a link to good information regarding the age ability of Zinfandel wines? The picture of the ticket I posted lists the pieces performed at the re... Read More

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