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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  • I ordered this about a month ago. Silly me.  I thought it's a ... a Seghesio, so it must be a Zinfandel.  Not quite.  I guess it's a field blend--Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane.  Again, something that should be right in my wheelhouse consderitng what a cheerleader I am for the Ridge fleld blends.So, here is my impression.  A good wine, ... Read More

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  • Seghesio San Lorenzo Estate 2012

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    Vibrant purple color in the glassmore blue than you normally see. Candied fruit on entry. That seems a bit disappointing. Tannin and acid are, very much, resolved. So, now that Im over the initial fruity blast, Im all over the smoothness. An enjoyable wine, but I think Im going to drink mine up. I see no reason to keep these in the cellar. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge Three Valleys 2014

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    Fair amount of red berry fruit. Maybe, a tad more than Id like to see. Moderately tannic. Nicely acidic. Definitely, not a rustic zin. OK for the price, but a disappointment if one is expecting something along the lines of Ridges single vineyard bottlings. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench Vineyard Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    Dark ruby in color. Red and blue fruit on the nose though a little shy. Shy on the palate too. Medium acidity with a long slightly dry finish. Like the wine really just doesn't represent value to me. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • I look forward to trying something from Repris. In the meantime, here is ... ... is a perfectly functional Zinfandel for the pizza that we are going to be making, tonight.  Lots of jammy berries, some herbs--mint and sage.  Tannins are, pretty much, resolved.  In the very back of the palate, I get an unfortunate sourness.  For $15 I'm OK with ... Read More

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  • Valley of the Moon Zinfandel 2010

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    Lots of berries on the nose. An unfortunate sourness on first taste. That seemed to pass after a few minutes. Blackberries and some herbal sensationsmint, sage. Then some candied fruit. For $15 a functional Zin. I just bought this wine a few days ago, and it was the last one in the bin. It may have been in the store too long. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I have not tried the Valley of the Moon Zinfandel, but at just $15, it’s worth a shot.  My wife is a big Repris fan, and I think we joined about 4 years ago, maybe 5 years.  They have complexities I cannot distinguish with my limited palet.   Read More

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  • Bear Flag Zinfandel Sonoma County 2015

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    Dusty, dry aromas of raspberry, cherry and plum. This is juicy and fresh in the mouth but expansive and explosive in intensity with thick tannins, blueberry and black cherry flavors, bold well integrated spice and a return to dusty dry notes of jammy black currant fruit and oak spice on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ravenswood Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandel 2014

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    Licorice and rich spice on the nose with soft cherry and red currant notes, lightly floral. Dark mixed berry, gritty tannins and brooding spice with black cherry and blackberry flavors, a not-so-subtle earthiness on the finish thats thick with tar and espresso notes. Read More

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  • Dancing Bull Zinfandel California 2015

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    Bit of wood shavings and baking spice on the nose with rich red fruit notes of cherry and red currant. Fruity, fresh and ready to drink with bright cherry and dark earthy notes, rich spice and chocolatey tannins. Read More

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  • 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.

    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...

    Comment by 656126mjapka 656126 mjapka


  • 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.

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  • 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


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