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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  • After much agony and discernment, I have chosen the official wine for my Super ... Cline Cellars Ancient Vine Zinfandel.  I feel the heavy strawberry and dark cherry notes will match up well with the main dish as well as the wide assortment of appetizers which will be casually noshed during the pre-game.  The lighter texture concerns me, but t... Read More

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  • You need to put tannin into perspective based on variety Mark. Of course ... ... ... structure than  a Zinfandel.OK, I see your point, and I agree. Nobody wants wine bottles at the recycling centers. Just the CRV containers. This is nothing but cardboard and a plastic bag.This is an interesting comment.  I put my recyclables in a grey bin and... Read More

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  • We all know where most of America will be on Super Bowl Sunday, watching the ... ... warm with a glass of Zinfandel, South American Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec. Italian Sausage and Grapes on a StickMakes 8 (recipe can easily be doubled) 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil4 sweet Italian sausages2 cups seedless red or green grapes Heat the o... Read More

    From the article Super Bowl Sunday Kitchen Counter Tailgate


  • You need to put tannin into perspective based on variety Mark. Of course ... ... ... structure than  a Zinfandel. Read More

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  • It remains to be seen if there's a blessing in every bottle of Cabernet ... worked together to create a zinfandel with a fitting name, Winston said. “Trinitas produced RatZINger, a zinfandel, that Benedict reportedly drank and liked,” she said. “Another vintage was produced two years later.”  When Francis was elected pope in 2013, the elder Bu... Read More

    From the article Napa Vineyard Pays Homage to Pontiff With Personalized Wine


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Sodini Vineyard Zinfandel 2012

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    Interesting nose with Zinfande-typical black fruit/berry mixed with a spice (mace?). On the tongue, the first thing I notice is that this is not the most full-bodied Zin. Very little fruit taste on the tip of the tongue. Its not until the wine gets to about mid-palate that some blackberry/blueberry flavor pops up. Fairly tame tannin. Nice, ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Mrs. EMark is the only member of this family who has been to Bern's--on a ... a ...  She finds the Zinfandel section and lands on--Wait for it. You know what's coming because, after all, who is she married to?--Ridge Lytton Springs.  Well, I'm sure that the Silver Oak drinkers at that table were pretty disappointed at that choice--until they ... Read More

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  • I have been lurking for the past few months but have decided to be a contributor in 2015. My interest is in California Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa, Sonoma and Paso Robles-Blends),  Washington Cab Sav & Merlot and some daily drinkers from Chile and Argentina. I have visited Napa, Sonoma and Paso a few times in the past 5 years but look forward to co... Read More

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  • Last night we had our neighborhood friends (Debbie & Rick) over for a nice ... for me, a 2012 St. Francis Zinfandel (Russian River Valley, Bacchi Vineyard) along with a skull cork screw.  We didn't drink my birthday wine, but here's how it went down as we pulled some wines from our wine cellar:Upon their arrival, I served a Rose sparkler, the ... Read More

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  • Ravenswood Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine 2012

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    A red fruited and balanced with soft tannins. Not your usual Lodi wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • 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 ...

    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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