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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  • Oh, the hell of wanting to be a wine journalist. Take a passel of old things ... aglianico to xynomavro and zinfandel to see what might actually work. He had to have something to do since once he bluffed Time Warner into that merger there was no longer real work for him.Etc., etc. across all those locales. I'm sure OT and NG and Fox (and even ... Read More

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  • About eight years ago, I rented this house on Stinson Beach for a week from ... Which is why I also love my Zinfandel, the other grape that no one does quite the way California does.  So, tonight we had lasagna with homemade pasta (silky and amazing, and a way bigger secret than risotto in our house) and I'm out of cheap Italian wine, so I wen... Read More

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  • Emark - you got it. If they have Zinfandel, they shouldn't also list it by other names. The reason Carole can call her wine that is because she got the Feds to approve it. But they only approved it as a "fantasy name", not as a grape variety! I guess they know a lot more than the world's foremost authority on wine grapes.BTW, Di Majo Norante is ... Read More

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  • Mark, I believe Mondeuse should absolutely qualify as a less than 1% grape for ... ... they produce is really Zinfandel, though because Carole is who she is the call it Tribidra Read More

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  • Fun report, AOA. Thanks.It's interesting that you raised the question ... ... ... consisted of 37% Zinfandel29% Petit Verdot25% Petite Sirah9% Alicante Bousch Read More

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  • Cool OT, but I would have brought some back-up. Too many unpredictables. ... ... case.But really - sparkling Zinfandel? WTF?I want to try that Albarino thoug Read More

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  • Fun evening tonight with friends, some old some new, great food and some ... ... The Wire Bedrock Sparkling Zinfandel. Fruity, tiny bubbles, more Lambrusco styled. Not bad but not in the league of Champagne. Don't get the hype. Then it was on to a couple of chards.This Evening Land left me wanting something. Namely acidity. Another hyped label... Read More

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  • Made a trip to Pahrump Nevada today to play a round of golf with my friends at Mountain Falls GC. Amazing course! Rated #1 in Nevada and the #7 public course in America. Who would have thought a course that nice could be located smack dab in the middle of basically no-mans land.Because the trip is 45 minutes from Vegas, I decided to visit the wi... Read More

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  • Basically, they just bottle before fermentation is finished and let it continue ... something like Earthquake Zinfandel, which is black, ripe, rich, and thick, maybe it would be more accurate to call that a Zin/Rubired blend. In Bordeaux they used to include one percent of Tannat in the blend but now you just add a spoonful of powdered tannins.... Read More

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