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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  • Carlisle Russian River Valley Papera Ranch Zinfandel 2014

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    Very appealing wine. Opens with gentle red berry fruit--raspberry and, maybe, cranberry. Interesting spicy sensation around the edges of the tongue--not but not unlike the "spritz" from cinnamon. Medium-boded red wine. Very sedate tannin and acid. Mid-length aftertastes, although, the spritz lingers a bit more. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Scherrer Winery Scherrer Vineyard Old and Mature Vines Zinfandel 2013

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    Ruby color, but not as dark as one might expect. Very subtle berry fruit on ... ... and acid, A surprising Zinfandel--more elegant than rustic. medi Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rockpile Pritchett Peaks Vineyard Zinfandel 2012

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    Very enjoyable wine. Blackberry on the tip of the tongue. Some anise and some kind of tarry thing that nicely blunts any fruitiness. Contrary to some other tasters, I am still getting noticeable tannin and acid. If you have this you don't have to rush for it. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel 2018

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    Lots of bright red fruit--cherry, mostly, but I can also see raspberry. Very noticeable spritziness around the edges of the tongue. I am pretty sure this is acid. Earthiness and an olive suggestion under the rear palate, Could probably stand to rest for quite a bit longer, but for $19, this is a darned good everyday drinker. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Fre White Zinfandel 2010

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    Call me an odd duck, but I like the flavour. Tastes like sweet wet wine should with a bit of bite. Slightly acidic sour finish like a Sour Patch Kid, but I like the candy too so it sets well with me. Being alcohol free, drink up with a bottle or few, drive home, and you won't wake up sick tomorrow. Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Think Fox'll be posting something here later, but for the time being these ... Historic Vineyard Society Zinfandel Bedrock Vineya Read More

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  • Epoch Estate Wines Zinfandel Paderewski Vineyard 2014

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    Very dark ruby color. Rustic, somewhat barnyard nose; Blackberry on entry--somewhat jammy but not over the top. Then I get a chocolate thing. Slightly tannic, but nothing out of the ordinary.Very enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rombauer Zinfandel California 2011

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    Wine review by akitiger


  • Rodney, let me add my welcome,I haven;t posted here in a while.  We were ... bottles.I tried a Mendocino Zinfandel on Sunday, and that was quite disappointing.  On Monday I poured two more bottles of that down the drain,Last night, I tried this one: This is a good one.  Very attractive ruby color--no bricking, at all.  Red fruit on the tip of ... Read More

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  • Groom Barossa Valley Bush Block Zinfandel 2010

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    Beginnings of tawny coloration, with semi clear transparency.....overall a mildly rusty look. Aromas are a blend of smooth vanilla induced oak, mild spices (cinnamon and pepper) along with ripe berries such as cranberry, cherry and raspberry. Flavors are very fruit forward, with soft vanilla oaked strawberry, blackberry cranberry and black che... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • 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 ...

    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


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