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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  • Mount Peak Winery Rattlesnake Zinfandel Sonoma County 2015

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    Concentrated plum and berry aromas with some floral notes, clay, cream and a flutter of red fruit creeping in. Warm berry compote and generous black fruit flavors on the palate with tart acidity and sour cherry flavors, full palate and bright spice towards the fiery finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Zin-Phomaniac Zinfandel Lodi 2015

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    As has been stated by an editorial review, dusty black tea and raspberry aromas. I also picked up a sharp citrus scent which followed through, in taste, on the first glass but mellowed thereafter. Flavor wise, leans more towards blackberry, plum, and a hint of dark cherry with the black tea leaf flavor in the background. I like peppery wines and... Read More

    Wine review by Mekare


  • I'll try to stop in more often.  I've been busier than ever with ... with work.I had a Joel Gott Zinfandel a few years ago and it was not particularly goo Read More

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  • Rockpile Winery Mauritson Zinfandel Rockpile Westphall Ridge Vineyard 2012

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    Berries and stone fruit. Interestingly, the wine seems full-bodied but it isnt a mouthful. A little salinity. Nice tart acids. Very sedate tannin. There will be no Day 2 report on this wine. It will be gone before the evening is over. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Keenan's Zinfandel is made up of grapes grown primarily on Keenan's Spring Mountain District estate. The Estate Zinfandel imparts structure, ripe black fruit and complex earthy nu- ances. Zinfandel grown in Calistoga makes up the remainder of the blend and supplies spice and briary red fruit aromas. Read More

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  • Keenan Winery produces Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa ... ... Syrah Napa Valley , Zinfandel Napa Valley, Mernet proprietary red blend, Chardonnay Napa Valley and Summer Blend (white blend).  On the estate, the winery grows: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay. The following provides a ... Read More

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  • Mount Peak Winery Gravity Red Blend California 2015

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    Fiery aromas of blackberry preserves and spice, licorice and clay. Thick and elegant on the palate with a firm attack of creamy blackberry and black currant fruit, turning quite bold and spicy on the mid palate with full acidity, chewy tannins and chocolate notes, more licorice and a finish of plum and mixed berry. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Maybe we can create a thread called "What Parochial Wine are You ... ... ... Winery and pick up some Zinfandel from two of the oldest vineyards (Lopez and Galleano) in Californi Read More

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  • Bedrock Wine Co. Limerick Lane Vineyard Zinfandel 2013

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    Black fruitmaybe, even, blueberryon entry. Not the most mouthfilling Zin Ive ever had, but, certainly, pleasant enough. Moderate tannin. Very nice acid provides a nice counterpoint to the upfront berriness. An easy wine to enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Titus Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley 2015

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    Fairly volatile nosedefinitely can detect the alcohol. Very pretty bluish-purple color. Lots of red fruit on the tip of the tongue. Unfortunately, much more jammy than I like. The acid and tannin are overcome buy the unfortunate front fruit in this wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • 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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