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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  • A Mano Primitivo Puglia IGT 2006


    A really nice drinkable primitivo. Not very alcoholic, subtle nose, delicate ... Not quite as spicy as a good Zinfande Read More

    Wine review by Willie Whelan

  • Ravenswood Zinfandel Teldeschi 2006


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    Wine review by MillsandJills

  • 7 Deadly Zins 7 Deadly Zins NV


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    Wine review by lingprof

  • Kunde Zinfandel Port 2000


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    Wine review by asteiner

  • Sobon Estate Zinfandel Fiddletown 2007


    Not as good as the 2006 $15 and more than worth it!) but really for $13 it is ok for everyday - a bit on the fruity side - aging will help for a year or two at least but will not last that much longer I would imagine - Read More

    Wine review by deconut

  • Four Vines Old Vine Cuvee Zinfandel Paso Robles Calif 2006


    Interesting - a bit spicy (more than expected)and oaky as well - I was suprised - tasted this with Gnarled Vine which was supposed to be better but no way - this is worth the buck or two more for certain - I think for a $10 zin, this is good - better than most $8-10 wines of this calibur - very smooth finish - I have had $25 Zins that are not t... Read More

    Wine review by deconut

  • Seghesio Family Zinfandel Rockpile Dry Creek Valley 2007


    Very good Zinfandel at this price. Rich, deep deep fruit. Black currant, smooth with sweet ripe fruit and easy finish. Hint of oak and spiced vanilla bean pods. Read More

    Wine review by Wine Unfiltered

  • I'm going to be on the west coast for a week and change at the end of June for a conference, and I'm going to plan some events around the area to meet some of the community in the greater Bay Area.If you haven't heard of him yet, Russ (the winehiker - http://www.snooth.com/profiles/winehiker/ ) leads guided hikes in California. Get outside, see ... Read More

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  • Wilson Winery Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Late Harvest 2007


    This beauty tempts with sweet berry and subtle freshly roasted coffee aromas. Intensely concentrated flavors of jammy berry pie and ripe plum meld with a touch of caramel and mocha. The flavors wind through from the succulent front to the creamy, rich finish. Paired with gourmet chocolates, a raspberry chocolate ganache cake or sipped by itself ... Read More

    Wine review by dawn1

  • Ravenswood California Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2006


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    Wine review by males

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