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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  • Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi 2016


    This one pours a rusty purple hued tone, with cranberry and blueberry tinges around the outside ring. Also has an oily film that is left on the inside of the wine glass. Aromas that are superbly fruit forward, with jammy sweet berries, vanilla, peppercorn heat, hints of caramel and notes of sweet oak aging. Flavors follow suit, with more swee... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • That does strike me as strange on the Amarone Jack. Tomasso has been my ... ... ... taste it would seem. For Zinfandel, blending is important for color and acidity.I feel like Viognier can pop at small percentages when found in Syrah. Sometimes maybe you feel it’s there when it isn’t said to be in the wine...thinking of an Ogier Cote Rotie has... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chianti and Super Tuscans

  • Read up on Lindeman's thread, and thought this would be a good topic to discuss.To Greg's point about blending Merlot and sometimes Cabernet in with Chianti blends, I hear that trend had been on the downswing, which is probably a good thing for Chianti proper, though there will be some really good "Super Tuscan's" made from the blending as well.... Read More

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  • Turley Wine Cellars Zinfandel California Old Vines 2015


    Some red fruit--cherry, plum--on the tip of the tongue. Some dustiness. Very moderate tannin. Not quite full-bodied. Do not drink this one right our of the cellar. Let it warm up for a few minutes. It then emerges as a very enjoyable wine, Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Lately I've been interested in learning more about CA regions other than Napa. So I've been tasting quite a bit from producers that don't find their way out east, where it's often easier to get wine from Europe than from the US, at least in NYC.First, I have to give a huge shout out to Bryan Harrington. He's gone around the state and found reall... Read More

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  • Vinovino nailed it. Anything from the Wagners, whether red or white or in ... ... a lot of money, Martinelli Zinfandel that comes in at 17.5 alcohol. At a little less, Margerum M5 and a lot of things from CA and WA these day Read More

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  • Enkidu Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard Sonoma Valley 2014


    Very nice blackberry fruit on the tip of the tongue, but, also, some very ... ... Far from your "textbook" Zinfandel. Enjoyable, though. Not great, enjoyabl Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Torial Red Blend Zinfandel Sonoma County California


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    Wine review by winesthesia007

  • ok, I love to mix things and here is another one: a tiny slice of ... (up to 10$):syrah & zinfandel don't work.cab (Franc is better) & tempranillo - nice!Grenache - debatable......your opinion Read More

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  • Conn Creek Zinfandel Sonoma County 2013


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    Wine review by martins2002

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