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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  • Breakups with boyfriends and guilty pleasures haven't quite been the same ... ... Cabernet, Peach White Zinfandel, Port, Red Raspberry Chardonnay, Riesling as well as two offerings to go with the summer and winter seasons, respectively: Strawberry Sparkling and Spice. Mercer's is, according to the press document, “100 percent female-owned bus... Read More

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  • OT - was it too hot to touch?  I'm tending to agree with your opinion ... is).  We have lots of Zinfandel's in our cellar from all sorts of wineries. &nbs Read More

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  • Tonight I'm taking part in a weeklong California Historic Vineyard virtual ... ... Coffaro Vnyd Dry Creek Zinfandel. Early returns are not favoable as it is not doing a good job hiding the 15.6%abv. The jury is out at this point in tim Read More

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  • Even my wine geek pals start to reach out to me around this time of year: ... ... Thursday night.Seghesio 2011 Zinfandel Sonoma Your Hair StylistGenerally, this divides into two categories. Proceed with caution if your stylist doesn’t fit these. It’s your hair that has to grow out if a cut goes bad. For the flamboyant hair stylist:This particu... Read More

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  • Valdez Lancel Creek Zinfandel 2010

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    A big tasty Russian River zin from Valdez. Red and black cherries on the nose and more so on the palate. Bright, fruity and easy to drink. Nice acidity with a short to medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • LOL Diego!Tonight was a good night. Open house at Gracianna. Sipped on the ... ... Bacigalupi Piont Noir and Zinfandel which were both singing. My two favorites of theirs and coincidently their first two wines released.Afterwards it was off to Barndiva in Healdsburg for dinner where we thoroughly enjoyed dinner paired with 2012 Arnot-Roberts T... Read More

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  • Running low on the Zinfandel, so I left the last glass for Sandra and she brought up  2009 St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon from her racks of wine. Read More

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  • Force of Nature Zinfandel 2011

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    Force of Nature wines were by far the best wines at the 2014 Ojai Wine Festival Read More

    Wine review by cmurcpa


  • Gamba Zinfandel Family Ranches Russian River 2011

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    Wine review by anchca


  • College girl friend introduced me to wine.  Many will laugh at the brands ... the mid-70s, a David Bruce Zinfandel.  This Zin, which had to have been a '72 or '73 vintage, and, I'm sure, cost me at least $9, came in at over 17% ABV. (There is also a fad these days disfavoring the alcohol content of many modern wines, a view that I do not endor... Read More

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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...

    Comment by 760568aliceoneal 760568 aliceoneal


  • 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 ...

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  • 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.

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