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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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  • Yes, Jon, I am envious.  I have the Quivet, but I have no Carters.Wow, Al, ... ... I walked right to the Zinfandel section.  Yes. 2012 Lytton Springs--$31.99.  OK, three of them is a tad less than $100.  So, do I want to walk around looking for a $5 wine?  Wait a second.   Right next to it is the 2012 Geyserville--$36.99.  We are done. 1 X Gey... Read More

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  • The Viognier and Old Vine Zinfandel arrived today. Might search out the other two. Read More

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  • I just noticed the RSVP button for the Lodi event on Jun. 3.2014 McCay Cellars ... Winery Lizzy James Old Wine Zinfandel2012 Fields Family Wines Syrah    I have to say some of those look pretty interesting.  The only winery with which I have any familiarity is Uvaggio--and by "familiarity," in this case, I mean I've heard of it..  I'm guessing... Read More

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  • Okay, I am pretty sure no one has this one. The family of grapes isn't ... ... ... rare, if you include Zinfandel (aka Crjelnak Kastelanski) which most everyone here has enjoyed many times, but here's the story: My parents, to whom I owe my love of wine and good deals, just went on a trip to the Adriatic.  Croatia, Albania, Montenegro, and th... Read More

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  • Uh, Zinfandel?;-) Read More

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  • EM - I don't see a Zinfandel in that lineup.  I'm not sure they offer one, now that I think about it. Read More

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  • Hook and Ladder Zinfandel Russian River Valley 2011

    Snoothrank:

    First impression is blueberry pie. Some very nice acidity and red and black cherry coming through on the back end. Not overly complex but definitely a nice mid-week drinker. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Mauritson Wines Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Good berry aromas. Not surprisingly, those blackberry flavors are easily detected on the tongue. Also some acidic black plum flavor. Then there is some earthiness or even close to a metallic hint mid-palate. Fortunately, that fades quickly. Seriously tannic. A big mouth-filling Zin. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Lots of motorsports watching, this weekend.  The DVR was smoking. ... red ... ... red wines--especially, Zinfandel.  So, if you detected a theme in the above, now you know why.  In their last visit we also introduced Annie to dessert wine.  So, we contiuned that theme, yesterday.  That brown half-bottle was a 1995 Grgich-Hills "Violetta" whit... Read More

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  • Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Contra Costa County 2008

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    No written review

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  • THIS PRODUCT IS ABSOLUTELY SMASHING.

    Comment by 1134302REDS 45 1134302 REDS 45


  • If you ever find yourself in Southern Italy, you can put this primitivo/zinfandel connection to the taste test at the Moio family wine operation in Mondragone. Check out their website, and then check out their wines! They generally cook up four or five different primitivi each year, with Maitico being the most expensive and 57 the mid-priced a...

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  • I also love Lodi Zifindales-OVZ, Deep Purple, Earthquake,Herman Walters Family Vine ,Campus Oak,Starry Night,are some. These are not from Lodi- Imortal Zin(better the next day),Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zifindal, Joel Goetz 2005 Zifindal,Robert Biale Vineyards Zifindale,Layer Cake Zifindale. Right now Taza Chocolate (Whole Foods, only make dar...

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  • If you love food & wine these Video reviews are refreshing and down to earth. Most recently Judit & Corina of Wine Dine TV just (August 29, 2011) released a video review of The Fanucchi Vineyards 2005 Old Vine Zinfandel They each rated it 4.8 out of 5. In this short clip they pop the cork, taste it, and describe & discuss the it & what it ...

    Comment by 46167Vine Master Fanucchi 46167 Vine Master Fanucchi


  • Gotta try SPEEDY CREEK from Knights Valley, Sonoma. Small lot estate winery right across from Peter Michael and mighty delicious (without the $$$)! Mountain fruit, rich berry taste and the perfect amount of spice. Great with food/bbq and equally good on it's own. A great social wine.

    Comment by 384270tutti vino 384270 tutti vino


  • I have been expirementinbg with various white zins and almaden is best bny taSTE TEST. hOWEVER THW LASAT TWO BOXES i OPENED HAD THE SIPGOT 0ON THE WRONMG SIDE4 OF THE BOX SO i HAD TO IOPEN THE BOX TAKE OPUT THE BAG AND REPOSITION IT SO i COULD USE THE SPOUT...tHE LATEST BOX WAS ENJOY BEFORE SEP 21, 2011 35510 16 18rl11

    Comment by 830087JBZCPINE 830087 JBZCPINE


  • that's some very good stuff.That is my best wine ever.I had some of that stuff right before my grandam ever past away.

    Comment by 494061drinkwine36 494061 drinkwine36


  • Zin lovers, gotta love the new generation of Zins coming out of Lodi...Check out Fields Family Wines www.fieldsfamilywines.com

    Comment by 222318lodiwino 222318 lodiwino


  • Rombauer Vineyards (Napa Valley, CA)....hands down the best and most flavorful Red Zinfandel you will ever try, I promise.

    Comment by 776777Rach1102 776777 Rach1102


  • I am looking for this 92 kunde 2007 reserve century.

    Comment by 774183lilil 774183 lilil


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