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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  • Once & Future Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard 2015


    Nice, BIG Zinfandel. Red fruit on entry--not overly sweet. Fairly stiff tannin, but not over the top. Good acid. Tannin/acid suggests that this wine will benefit from aging. However, I am enjoying this one right now and don't feel one iota of guilt about drinking it, now. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Mauritson Rockpile Jack's Cabin Vineyard Zinfandel 2012


    Plum, raspberry. A little chewiness. Some green wood. Fairly sharp acid may put some off. After a few sips, the fruit is beginning to taste a bit syrupy. An OK Zin, but for the tariff, better is available. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • I don't normally post the rear label in these threads, but this one has so ... nice recognition for their Zinfandels.  I ordered a couple different Zins, and, frankly, while they were good wines, I really wasn't that impressed.  Chalk it up to my Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel bias.So, while this wine has sat in my cellar for a few years, I wasn't... Read More

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  • Carnivor Zinfandel 2015


    I really liked it! Loads of complex flavor. Read More

    Wine review by BellaProblema

  • The age old concern - do we buy more than one bottle in case it's a good ...  A good day for some Zinfandel. Over the past couple of years I have had multiple bottles from this maker.  Sadly, this one will not be ranked as one of my favorites.  Red fruit--raspberry, plum--on entry.  After a few sips though, that fruit seems syrupy--my least fa... Read More

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  • Tortoise Creek Wines Zinfandel "The Chelonian" Lodi 2015


    Fruity floral boutique and fantastic value for money. Great wine to drink anytime Read More

    Wine review by icbang

  • Limerick Lane Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel 2013


    Big volatile nose of dark fruit. On the tongue, not quite ripe blackberry and plum. Very serious tannin. Good acid. Interesting that sweetness from the fruit is detected on the edges of the rear of the tongue. Could probably be aged for many years. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Very nice wines you guys.  I do keep an eye out for the 2012 vintages of ... ... things like a 2012 Ridge Zinfandel (maybe 3 vineyards version) for around $60, so they weren't excessively priced.  I had a nice Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale beer while Sandra tried some type of frozen rose, then we followed that up with each of selecting a bourbon... Read More

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  • Callaway Coastal Hybrid Red Blend


    great wine for every day drinking - smooth and full on the palate Read More

    Wine review by Dawny54

  • Limerick Lane Block Zinfandel 2014


    An eminently likeable wine. Red berry and stone fruit on entry. Then some serious tannin jumps in. However, the fruit still lingers a bit. Very good acid content really helps this one become a winner. I think this might be a wine that will grow in complexity with several more years of aging. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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