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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  • Mark, . . . may be it just needed some air time to open up?I don't know, v ... this is one big in-your-face Zinfandel.  Nothing elegant about this one.  Fairly stiff tannin but, also, balancing acid.  I suppose it can improve with age, but I don't feel one iota of either guilt or doubt about opening it now.  Good win Read More

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  • Once & Future Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard 2015

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    Nice, BIG Zinfandel. Red fruit on entry--not overly sweet. Fairly stiff tannin, but not over the top. Good acid. Tannin/acid suggests that this wine will benefit from aging. However, I am enjoying this one right now and don't feel one iota of guilt about drinking it, now. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Mauritson Rockpile Jack's Cabin Vineyard Zinfandel 2012

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    Plum, raspberry. A little chewiness. Some green wood. Fairly sharp acid may put some off. After a few sips, the fruit is beginning to taste a bit syrupy. An OK Zin, but for the tariff, better is available. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I don't normally post the rear label in these threads, but this one has so ... nice recognition for their Zinfandels.  I ordered a couple different Zins, and, frankly, while they were good wines, I really wasn't that impressed.  Chalk it up to my Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel bias.So, while this wine has sat in my cellar for a few years, I wasn't... Read More

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  • Carnivor Zinfandel 2015

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    I really liked it! Loads of complex flavor. Read More

    Wine review by BellaProblema


  • The age old concern - do we buy more than one bottle in case it's a good ...  A good day for some Zinfandel. Over the past couple of years I have had multiple bottles from this maker.  Sadly, this one will not be ranked as one of my favorites.  Red fruit--raspberry, plum--on entry.  After a few sips though, that fruit seems syrupy--my least fa... Read More

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  • Tortoise Creek Wines Zinfandel "The Chelonian" Lodi 2015

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    Fruity floral boutique and fantastic value for money. Great wine to drink anytime Read More

    Wine review by icbang


  • Limerick Lane Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel 2013

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    Big volatile nose of dark fruit. On the tongue, not quite ripe blackberry and plum. Very serious tannin. Good acid. Interesting that sweetness from the fruit is detected on the edges of the rear of the tongue. Could probably be aged for many years. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Very nice wines you guys.  I do keep an eye out for the 2012 vintages of ... ... things like a 2012 Ridge Zinfandel (maybe 3 vineyards version) for around $60, so they weren't excessively priced.  I had a nice Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale beer while Sandra tried some type of frozen rose, then we followed that up with each of selecting a bourbon... Read More

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  • Callaway Coastal Hybrid Red Blend

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    great wine for every day drinking - smooth and full on the palate Read More

    Wine review by Dawny54


  • Try 7 Deadly Zins Lodi Ca. Lots of berry and spicy excellent with rib eye steak and dark chocolate

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  • THIS PRODUCT IS ABSOLUTELY SMASHING.

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  • 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

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  • 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


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