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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  • Well, we took Mrs. EMark to the Dr.'s office, yesterday, to have some ... ... for Peggy and Frank Family Zinfandel for me.After our meal we visited the Packing House wine store.  I had not been in it for years, and, so, I thought it might be fun to check it out.  This wine store is not cheap by any means, but it usually has some things that I ... Read More

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  • Haha..I can tell you I wasn't feeling too chipper on Monday morning!A guy ... guy ... There was a Turley Zinfandel which was also very nice, but not what I expected.  It was fairly light and the colour was thin Ruby.  It was also 16% abv, but not too hot on the back end.  Nice, but I was expecting something a bit heftier.  The white Italian w... Read More

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  • I ordered this about a month ago. Silly me.  I thought it's a ... a Seghesio, so it must be a Zinfandel.  Not quite.  I guess it's a field blend--Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane.  Again, something that should be right in my wheelhouse consderitng what a cheerleader I am for the Ridge fleld blends.So, here is my impression.  A good wine, ... Read More

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  • Seghesio San Lorenzo Estate 2012


    Vibrant purple color in the glassmore blue than you normally see. Candied fruit on entry. That seems a bit disappointing. Tannin and acid are, very much, resolved. So, now that Im over the initial fruity blast, Im all over the smoothness. An enjoyable wine, but I think Im going to drink mine up. I see no reason to keep these in the cellar. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Ridge Three Valleys 2014


    Fair amount of red berry fruit. Maybe, a tad more than Id like to see. Moderately tannic. Nicely acidic. Definitely, not a rustic zin. OK for the price, but a disappointment if one is expecting something along the lines of Ridges single vineyard bottlings. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench Vineyard Dry Creek Valley 2015


    Dark ruby in color. Red and blue fruit on the nose though a little shy. Shy on the palate too. Medium acidity with a long slightly dry finish. Like the wine really just doesn't represent value to me. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • I look forward to trying something from Repris. In the meantime, here is ... ... is a perfectly functional Zinfandel for the pizza that we are going to be making, tonight.  Lots of jammy berries, some herbs--mint and sage.  Tannins are, pretty much, resolved.  In the very back of the palate, I get an unfortunate sourness.  For $15 I'm OK with ... Read More

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  • Valley of the Moon Zinfandel 2010


    Lots of berries on the nose. An unfortunate sourness on first taste. That seemed to pass after a few minutes. Blackberries and some herbal sensationsmint, sage. Then some candied fruit. For $15 a functional Zin. I just bought this wine a few days ago, and it was the last one in the bin. It may have been in the store too long. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • I have not tried the Valley of the Moon Zinfandel, but at just $15, it’s worth a shot.  My wife is a big Repris fan, and I think we joined about 4 years ago, maybe 5 years.  They have complexities I cannot distinguish with my limited palet.   Read More

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  • Bear Flag Zinfandel Sonoma County 2015


    Dusty, dry aromas of raspberry, cherry and plum. This is juicy and fresh in the mouth but expansive and explosive in intensity with thick tannins, blueberry and black cherry flavors, bold well integrated spice and a return to dusty dry notes of jammy black currant fruit and oak spice on the finish. Read More

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