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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  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • Russian River Valley

    The Russian River Valley is the most southerly AVA within Northern Sonoma. It is named for the ...

  • San Luis Obispo County

      San Luis Obispo is part of the larger wine Central Coast region of California, located at ...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • Dry Creek Valley

    The Carneros AVA straddles between both Napa and Sonoma Valleys, with distinct climates. The Na...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • El Dorado County

    The spectacular Sierra Nevada range offers a fitting backdrop to the vineyards of El Dorado Count...

  • Lodi

    The Lodi wine region lies in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley, which include...

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  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

      To Don Sebastiani and Sons, family is clearly an important aspect of winemaking. While ...

  • StoneFly Vineyard

    Founded more than a decade ago on a passion for fly-fishing and fine wine, StoneFly Vineyards pro...

  • CrauforD Wine Co.

    Crauford Wine Company was founded in 2000 by Marilyn Crawford Corley, whose family originated in ...

  • Stonehedge Winery

    In 1992, the Shahabi Brothers began producing wines in the small town of St. Helena, situated in ...

  • Three Thieves

    You may have heard the tale of the Three Thieves, three regular guys who threw away centuries of ...

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

      Screaming Eagle is a small winery based in Oakville, California. The original 57-acre (23 ...

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Zinfandel on Snooth

  • Sparklng Zinfandel!!!  That sounds so good to us Zinfandel bigots.  I saw the pic in the other thread and was wondering what it was.  I've always thought that sparkling red wine was the best accompaniment to the Turkey/Stuffing/Cranberry Sauce Thanksgiving feast. Read More

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  • Gamba Old Vines Zinfandel Starr Road Ranch Russian River 2011

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  • The other wine tonight was a Rioja. I am serving it with a 2-1/2lb Dry Aged ... lot of some aged Ravenswood Zinfandel I have had recently. The nose, the tart raspberry. Been open 6 hours. Will revisit with dinner in another hour or so.&nbs Read More

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  • DM, thank you for the response to my question.  I'm not sure I ... ... ... turned you into a Ridge Zinfandel animal.  I feel so paterna Read More

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  • Bogle Essential Red 2011

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    An unspecified blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah Noticeably oaky on the nose with some notes of smoky bacon and lots of cedary spice over lightly pepper berry fruit. Noticeably sweet on entry, though not terribly heavy due to the relatively high acids here. Theres a fairly strong mocha note early on the palate that ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Girard Uncorked California 2009

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    66% Zinfandel, 16% Carignane, 16% Syrah, 2% Petite Sirah Sweet caramel and cola on the nose over jammy raspberry fruit. Theres a lot of tobacco and tea here as well, which adds complexity but this comes off as sweet on the nose. Soft and fairly dry on entry with nice density of dry extract in the mouth. the flavors here are well grounded with j... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Trentadue Winery Old Patch Red Sonoma County 2010

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    Dark and earthy on the nose with toasty oak spice and hints of licorice and dried herbs framing a core of dark, plummy fruit. Soft yet bright in the mouth with a hint of sweetness but mostly bright, herb and earth inflected blackberry fruit framed with hints of vanilla and toasted spices. This sits rather upright in the mouth with a fair amount ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Marietta Wine Cellars Old Vine Red Lot 59 NV

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    A bit subtle on the nose though complex with muddy, plummy fruit,. handfuls of briary herbs and some cough syrupy cherry/berry fruit. Just a touch sweet on entry, and rather large scaled with plenty of ripe tannins, big fruit flavors and lovely suggestions of peppery spices. Its a bit of a rough and tumble style of wine and the palate shows that... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Deadbolt Red Winemaker's Blend 2011

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    An unspecified blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and SyrahSweet blackberry fruit and boysenberry aromas greet the nose along with some rather sweet cedary spice and cracked black pepper top notes. Sweet on entry but not terribly so and with less weight and a smidge more acid than many of these wines. this is actually f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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