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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  • Orin Swift Cellars "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend 2008

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    91 points. Well done with black fruit, dark cherry, spice (pepper), herbal and earthy tone underly anise, solid tannins (not big) and acidity that frame well. Great effort here. Drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Buehler Vineyards Napa Valley Zinfandel 2012

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    Fairly light for a Buehler but then the '12 wasn't the best for several Zin producers. Some dark and red berry fruits, spice, plum and herbal notes. Better than before - 88 pts - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Buehler Vineyards Napa Valley Zinfandel 2012

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    Wine review by mmhthg


  • Some auction buys this week.2x 1986 Ravenswood Old Hill Zinfandel2x 2011 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc1x 2006 Williams-Selyem Rochioli Riverblock PN 3L Read More

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  • Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel 2013

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    As usual this was excellent. Brambly blackberry, anise, currant, some chocolate with chewy tannins and refreshing acidity lead to a long, healthy aftertaste. Drink or hold (18-24 mths) Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by mmhthg


  • Zen of Zin Old Vine Zinfandel 2013

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    Drinks ;like it's priced. Heavy butterscotch (Oak aging?), some blackberry and earth. Tannin profile is light but acidity is good. Paul 82 poitts Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • There’s no doubt about it: The wines of Lodi, California, have won the ... ... just love her for her Zinfandel. There’s so much more to Lodi, and you’re still discovering new things about her every day. She’s got over one hundred grape varieties under vine, and she’s doing cool new things all the time. Snooth corraled a group of six wine writ... Read More

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  • Santa was generous this year wasn't he? You guys are better at this than I ... I ... Society Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Bedrock Vyd - from DmckerRckr - unknown vintage Bodega Mustiguillo Vino de Mesa Mestizaje and 2009 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino - from MJetOutthere - 1996 Fernando Remirez de Ganuza Rioja Reserva - from GregTMJet - 2009 Domain... Read More

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  • Castle Rock Zinfandel Lodi 2012

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    Good, but a softer version of most, raspberry, some dark berry fruits, medium chewy tannins but they over balanced the acidity a little. Some chocolate notes and a little dark cherry on the finish. Drink now - Paul 85 pts Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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