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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  • Rubicon Ed Pennino Zin 2006


    This is very nice. Aromas of dark berries and white pepper on the nose. In the mouth, juicy blueberry and blackberry fruit with lots of spice. One of my favorites! Read More

    Wine review by chrisburnspa

  • C.G. di Arie Primitivo California Shenandoah Valley Estate Grown 2005


    What a great wine for a great price (I paid $27.99). Dark berry with brown sugar/molasses on the nose. Rich berries fill the mouth (Dark Cherry and Plum) followed by a long spicy finish. Very nice! Read More

    Wine review by chrisburnspa

  • Lava Cap Winery American River Red Celebrated Cuvee 2005


    This is one of my favorite wines at Lava Cap. It has a big nose, bold flavors and a long, smooth finish. This is a wonderful everyday red table wine. Because of the smooth finish, it will go with most any food and is great to simply sip in the afternoon or evening. Read More

    Wine review by BenLCW

  • Jonathan Edwards Zinfandel California 2006


    An equally strong wine to the Napa Valley Zin, it was interesting to pair the two Zinfandels back-to-back. There are definite notes of clove on the nose, and while the Sierra Hills was not as fruity as the Napa Valley Zin, it was still smooth, rich and complex. This would be a great wine for pairing with grilled steak and peppers. Read More

    Wine review by MTB

  • Jonathan Edwards Zinfandel California 2005


    A medium-bodied wine with strong notes of berry, there are notes of pepper and spice in both the nose and in the mouth, which give this wine an interesting complexity. Light notes of dark cherry in the mouth provide just a hint of sweetness before ending on a slightly spicy note. Very interesting wine, and one of my favorites of the afternoon. Read More

    Wine review by MTB

  • Opolo Zinfandel Paso Robles Mountain Zinfandel 2006


    Amazed that with the 16.5% Alcohol it is such an easy drinking wine. Read More

    Wine review by tjo49770

  • Pedroncelli Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Mother Clone 2006


    Just arrived about two hours into it. Big on cherries. A little spice. Fair finish. Read More

    Wine review by zacksinkler

  • Pedroncelli Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Mother Clone 2006


    Lots of dark berries. Good spice on the nose as well... Nice tannins. Spice comes through big time in the mouth. Good vino here! Read More

    Wine review by troyconquer

  • Captain's Reserve Zinfandel 2005


    Screamed cherries on the nose and brought some nice brambly, gamey and spicey components on the huge, decadent palate. Read More

    Wine review by palmnut

  • Baron Herzog Zin 2005


    Big, sweet, and chewy with lots of dry black cherry flavor. Really great considering the price. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9

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