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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  • So that backs up the theory that most Zinfandel's don't age well?We spent the morning at an NSO rehearsal, then went further into the district for a late lunch at Ocean Prime.  It was our first dining experience here and we found it quite nice.  Sandra heard that the Obama's had dined here recently.The performance was decent (being a rehearsal, ... Read More

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  • Battaglini Estate Wines Zinfandel Russian River Valley Twin Pines Vineyards 2004

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    Fruity nose, but with noticeable alcohol. A LOT of red fruitraspberry, cherry, stone fruit--on entry. Then you are smacked by alcoholhot and bitter. I bought this bottle at an Italian deli a couple weeks ago. It has probably been laying on the shelf there for 5 or 6 years. So, it is entirely possible that the compromised storage has forced t... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2009

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    Beautiful nose of wild berries, licorice, and crushed rose petals. Wonderfully ... ... a little sediment. Since Zinfandel leans on the sweeter side of red wine, we decided to pair it with our dinner of Sweet and Spicy Shrimp with Rice Noodles can be found at CookingLight. Although not the greatest of pairings was still enjoyabl Read More

    Wine review by sipsamplestroll


  • V V - Sounds like I might like that Toscana since you mentioned it was not ... ... this nice 2013 St. Francis Zinfandel, which I opened earlier this afternoon to make sure it was drinkable for tonight.  It i Read More

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  • Perez Cruz Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Maipo Valley 2014

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    The wine is a deep purple at the center with bright ruby along the edges. The ... ... is more reminiscent of a Zinfandel. The fruit transitions nicely to some wonderful earthy mineral notes of tar and graphite midpalate. The tannins, while young are quite subdued, but still provide nice structure to the long, smooth, dry finish.See the full ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Forgeron Cellars Zinfandel Columbia Valley 2012

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    The wine is a lovely deep garnet color in the glass, classic for a nice Zinfandel. The nose is filled with leather, smoke and an edge of earthiness. The taste is just perfect, with a rush of ripe black fruit up front, blackberry and plum, with a hint of fig that blankets your palate. The flavors transition nicely to some rustic mineral notes ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Gauthier Select Vineyards Pinot Noir Rockin H Ranch Vyd 2012

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    Like many of the 2012 Pinot Noirs Ive had, this one is rather tannic in ... is ... ... is more reminiscent of a Zinfandel than a Pinot Noir in fact, in many ways it recalls the Los Chamizal Zinfandel from this winery Has some cherry and strawberry notes on the palate, and a bit of cola on the nose, but is still a bit green and young. Not too ... Read More

    Wine review by Dougman


  • Sobon Estate Zinfandel Amador County Old Vine 2014

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    This is a mellow old vine zinfandel having nice cherry and berry flavors with a touch of cranberry undertones. Tannins and balance is wonderful.Deep lasting dusty characteristics and rounded spices. Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Limerick Lane 1023 2014

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    Bright, tart red fruitcherryon entry. Interestingly, enough, the tartness almost suggests citrus, and, going really crazy, orange as much as anything. Some woodiness mid-palate. Medium-bodied. Not much tannin to speak of. A fun, easy-to-drink wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • The Robert Baile 'Black Chicken' was certainly not my favorite, but his ... his Limerick Lane Vineyard Zinfandel was most excellent.  We were at his tasting station towards the end of the event and I don't even know if I tried his Cabernet Sauvignon.  As for the Chateau Potelle, which I barely remember too, but I think I sampled their 2013 Moun... Read More

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