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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • California

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

  • Russian River Valley

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

  • Dry Creek Valley

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

  • Lodi

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

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    In 1997 John Anthony Truchard began leasing and managing vineyard property with the idea of one d...

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    As the French are fond of saying the quality begins with the very specific terroir or soils and w...

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  • Same price for the Tikves Vranec at KLWines. The description there likens it to ... a cross between California Zinfandel and something from the southern Rhone.I've had Vranac in Montenegro, but not the Macedonian version (spelled with an 'e'). Had several different styles, many bold (name means 'black stallion' after all), some quieter, usually... Read More

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  • Clos du Val Zinfandel 1979


    Aged but still surprisingly fruity with bright red cherry flavors, and alive. exhibiting lots of tobacco, mushroom , and rust on the nose and palate. This remains quite fresh in the mouth, if fully resolved, with a strong return of cherry on the finish. More than a passing resemblance to a Grenache heavy blend here, something provencal like but... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Ridge Zinfandel Lytton Estate 1991


    Somewhat murky oxblood color. Smoky dusty nose. Initial taste is quite subdued. Then there is a combination of blackberry and lemon (?) flavor. Tannins are, pretty much, done for making this an easy drinker. The one minus I would have for this wine is that, while I do not detect heat, I can definitely taste alcohol way in the back of the pal... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Well, Jon and Darren have inspired me to go into the cellar and pull one with ...  It is labeled "Zinfandel."  Lytton Springs bottlings are not so labeled.  However, in this case, while it is a blend, the front label also discloses that it is a blend of 86% Zinfandel, 7% Petite Sirah and 7% Grenache.  So, while it is a blend, the Zinfandel con... Read More

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  • Francis Coppola Rosso & Bianco Rosso 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by tmhelms

  • Salmon Creek White Zinfandel 2012


    I live in California and I have to go to NH to buy it. What a shame. Read More

    Wine review by SMW101

  • I was right, Taste of Sonoma was a cattle call. The gates opened at 11:00, we ... that you don't find in Zinfandel. Really liked this.  Next he pulled his 1910 Old Vine Zin out from under the table. No pic. This wine is like curling up in front of a fire with a blanket and a good book.  Just WOW! Next was his '11 Hail Mary Syrah. Everything in... Read More

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  • Ridge Geyserville Zin 2012


    The 2011- Had this at lunch the other day. I liked the blend, took some of the ... ... of my experience with Zinfandel and replaced it with spice-hint of cinnamon and earth-clay. Very nic Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Oak Ridge Winery Zinfandel Lodi Ancient Vine 2012


    This has become one of my go to wines for events with guests. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Gen 5 Old Vine Zinfandel 2011


    Deep ruby color; on site, you'd think it was aged. A unique, heavy wine that corrals purple fruits flavors from miles around -- plum, blueberries, blackberries. Ancient dirt on the tongue, this is an wise old wine. Superior value. Read More

    Wine review by cma238

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