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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  • Am as 100% as I need to be. Can't take 'em with me when I go, ... and ... and 71 vintage. 46 year old Zinfandel and it was the WOT Read More

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  • OT, yes I do have a bottle of the Verse Las Brisas and I totally agree ... bottle of 2014 Bedrock Zinfandel Limerick Lane Vineyard. Now this sounds like an interesting tasting, my Bedrock LL vineyard zin and your LL Bedrock vineyard zi Read More

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  • Okay, in additon to picking up a case of Barolo/Barbaresco via trade from JD ... ... or dinosaur ribs and a Zinfandel-of Read More

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  • Brazin Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine 2008

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  • The Federalist Zinfandel Lodi 2014

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    Awesome Zinfandel! Lots of dark fruit. Great with a nice Filet. Read More

    Wine review by michaelmont2000


  • Salmon Creek White Zinfandel 2012

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    Great Wine! Having a hard time finding a place to order it from. I can enjoy it at a local restaurant - Florina's Pizza. Read More

    Wine review by kristiejaeger


  • "OT, why let a Zinfandel get so old?  I thought they tended to peak at around five years, and then it's downhill from there" Who told you that about zin and why were you listening to them?Unless, as OT mentions, they are crap zins and then they're no different from crap Bordeaux varietals or crap anything else. And crap to start with so opening ... Read More

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  • Zinfandel and Petite Sirah are Rhone varieties? Paradise Ridge rewrites history. Read More

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  • Al, some old school winemakers do it right and treat Zinfandel like it should be treated. Doug Nalle (Nalle), Joel Peterson (Ravenswood), Burt Williams (Williams-Selyem), Americo and David Rafanelli (A. Rafanelli), Paul Draper (Ridge Vineyards) etc know how to make wines of great purity and balance that age gracefully.  The secondary characteris... Read More

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  • OT, why let a Zinfandel get so old?  I thought they tended to peak at around five years, and then it's downhill from there.  Your bottle is 25 years old, but it appears you really enjoyed it.  Is there a specific class of Zinfandel's that are known for holding up in the long term? Read More

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