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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  • Klinker Brick Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine Old Ghost 2006

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    wow! very complex taste, jammy, spicy, with anise and other flavors.... I loved it and it is a bargain at this price, Read More

    Wine review by lingprof


  • Signorello Zinfandel Napa Valley Luvisi 2005

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    Just finished my 04, will definitely keep for another year. Read More

    Wine review by MattGeller


  • Folie a Deux-Menage a Trois Menage a Trois Red 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by tenzinaire


  • Mcmanis Family Vineyards Zinfandel California 2007

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    Excellent wine - stumbled across it last night. Incredibly big bold zin taste, full nose and body, and glorious spice. Goes down smooth and finishes with hints of chocolate, raspberry, blackberry. Read More

    Wine review by sharonevolving


  • Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Contra Costa County Reserve Carla's Vineyard 2007

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    I am shocked at how cheaply priced this wine is compared to the high quality of it. If you enjoy fruity zins you really cant go wrong, and if you don't like it well its only $15, but I'm sure you will. At first I was hesitant to try a Contra Cost County wine, its very surprising. Read More

    Wine review by itsi7alian


  • Liars Dice Zinfandel 2005

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    For the price you really cannot beat this wine. It goes well with pretty much any dish. For best taste I highly recommend opening and allowing it to breath for an hour or two before drinking. You'll be amazed by how the flavors change throughout drinking it. Read More

    Wine review by itsi7alian


  • Hello everyone,I'm relative new to wine and the site. I am wondering if someone could assist me, I came across a couple of vintage wine bottles in our storage, but have no clue as to their value or drinkability.The bottles are:1974 Clos Du Bois "second release" Cabernet Sauvignon 750 ML1975 Stony Ridge Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 750 MLand another... Read More

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  • Woodbridge Merlot 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by kap019


  • Mcmanis Family Vineyards Zinfandel California 2007

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    I LOVE this wine! It's got $30 taste, like a Concillience or Babcock, but it's like $12. I am going to buy all of it I can find as it's a fabulous zin for the price. Explodes in the mouth with rich zin taste and hints of blackberries, coffee, raspberries, and finishes very smooth. Read More

    Wine review by sharonevolving


  • Trentadue Winery Red Blend Sonoma County Old Patch Red 2005

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    A bit on the sweet side. Fine concentration and tannins, and super juicy. Bargain for sure, but wish it was a bit drier. Read More

    Wine review by Mark1975


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