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 Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel 2014

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    Big, mouth-filling wine. Lots of candied red fruit. Also, though some herbalness--suggestion of sage. Very silky mouthfeel. A really fun wine to drink, but an unfortunate alcoholic heat is distracting. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Marietta Cellars Angeli Estate Grown Zinfandel 2016

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    Big fruity wine. Blackberry, plum are the first impression. Then some piquancy. A "thick" mouthfeel. A tobacco sensation under the rear palate--something that I might expect in a CS but not a Zin. Actually, a darned good wine. I think I'll go back and buy some more. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • With the celebration of our Independence right around the corner, we are all ... Indigenous Grape" aka Zinfandel as the go to wine for Fourth of July celebrations, but that ultimately meant recommending a wine from California that went well with burgers and ribs. Today's Fourth of July celebrations tend to include a more varied menu these days... Read More

    From the article 5 Iconic Wines to Celebrate the 4th of July


  • So on a whim we decided to visit British Columbia. But we flew up to ... ... ... Aglianico, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Gamay, Cab Franc, and others. It's still a learning curve for many of those and maybe some will never be anything to write home about but you don't know until you try. There's also plenty of Pinot Noir, but I didn't find any that... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Northwest Wineries


  • Carnivor Zinfandel 2015

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    This pours with a rustic cherry coloration and has opaque qualities about....nice appearance! The aromas are of cherry, grape and unfortunately not much else....some booze and perhaps a touch of dark chocolate. The flavors are not that great either, with plenty of fruit juice, some mild oak and chocolate as well. Mouthfeel is the best part of... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Once & Future Frank's Block Teldeshchi Vineyard Zinfandel 2015

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    A very satisfying wine. Red berries--raspberry, cherry--on the tip of the tongue but, also, stone fruit--plum. A mid-palate suggestion of anise. Nice refreshing acid, but not to the point of tartness, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge Vineyards Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 2016

    Snoothrank:

    Good wine, but definitely needs more time. Fruit of red cherry. Some dustiness. Quite stiff tannin. Nice tart acid. Retro-nasal menthol sensation. Give this one three more, or so, years to let the tannin and acid resolve. Then, I am pretty sure, this wine will develop to become outstanding. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Limerick Lane Vineyard Zinfandel 2014

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    Very nice refreshing wine. Not too heavy on the red fruit on entry. Some spice--clove. Not terribly full-bodied. Most tannins. Very nice tart acid. Something of a retro-nasal red cherry sensation. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Once & Future Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard 2014

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    OK, it's even better now than it was two years ago. Not as "big" as I previously described it. It has mellowed. Nice red fruit on entry, but, now it is whispered, not yelled. Detectable tannin, but, again, much more mellow. Just a terrific wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Primitivo is very similar, actually... and as you probably know, Jack, it is DNA signatured as Zinfandel.  The difference is in style, climate, wine-making tradition and self-selction of the grape clones.  I actually like examples of Primitivo from Apulia - though these are somewhat more rustic than the better Zins you are likely familiar with. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Current interesting wine topics


  • 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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