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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  • Ravenswood Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandel 2014


    Licorice and rich spice on the nose with soft cherry and red currant notes, lightly floral. Dark mixed berry, gritty tannins and brooding spice with black cherry and blackberry flavors, a not-so-subtle earthiness on the finish thats thick with tar and espresso notes. Read More

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  • Dancing Bull Zinfandel California 2015


    Bit of wood shavings and baking spice on the nose with rich red fruit notes of cherry and red currant. Fruity, fresh and ready to drink with bright cherry and dark earthy notes, rich spice and chocolatey tannins. Read More

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  • Ha ha I was taught to buy the zins with an R;  Ravenswood, Ridge, 2 more ... ... vineyard bottleings of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah.  The one bottle that I've tasted was great, but Outthere chastised me for being impatient.  So, the others in my inventory are laying sideways right now and will continue ot do so for quite some time.Joel Peterso... Read More

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  • Good times I see.  I still need to find a Zinfandel bottle in Sandra's wine racks; I've been waiting for her to put away our latest allocations but perhaps I should just march down there and grab one.  Nice cabs V V.  I love vertical tastings.  Was either one much better than the other?DM - I think I know what you mean regarding fleshpots.  I ho... Read More

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  • I hope everyone had a safe and sound New Year's Eve celebration.  Now that we made it into 2018, how about sharing some of your best pictures from your last day of 2017?  Go on.  We won't tell your spouse.... Read More

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  • Sutter Home Fre White Zinfandel 2012


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    Wine review by rkeeler440

  • Update:  Where are all the revelers? Is Snooth approaching demise?Quahogs ... garlic coating, served with zinfandel.Music: Beethoven piano concerto no.5. (Murray Perahia), symphony no. 5  (Carlos Klieber), and symphony no. 9 (Gearge Szell).Next up:  Johnny Ca Read More

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  • The history of Keenan Winery started over 40 years ago. It is located high ... ... ... Chardonnay, Merlot, and Zinfandel. Robert Parker Jr has on numerous occasions rated the wines between 90 and 97 points. The Robert Keenan Winery is committed to quality, and it shows through every bottle of their wine, right down to the Portuguese cork. The... Read More

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  • Bota Box Zinfandel Old Vine 2015


    A delightful "House" wine at my home. The non-oxidizing package is easy to operate. This wine is good and good for you. Read More

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  • Carnivor Zinfandel 2015


    Dark and brooding savory berry aromas with mineral earth, tree bark and toast. Big and bold cherry and raspberry flavors with candied licorice and blueberry notes, a varietal jamminess on the mid palate and a finish of baking spice and toasted oak. Read More

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