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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  • The 2015 Pecchenino Dolchetto X 2, the 2015 Capanna Rosso di Montalcino, the ... Cellars Ink Grade Vineyard Zinfandel.And these final 3 International Wines - the 2012 Muga Selecion Especial, the 2015 Querciabella Chianti Classico and lastly the 2016 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet/Shira Read More

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  • Whatever we feel like, although I have a feeling that is about to change. I put ... and ended up with a LOT more Zinfandel than I ever dreamed I would want, so I have a feeling that my go-to wine over the next year is going to be Martinelli Jackass Vineyard Zin. I mean it's good and all, but I've been drinking a lot more Austrian reds as well a... Read More

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  • Saldo Zinfandel California 2015


    Hot, dry spice and black currant aromas with black peppercorn. Spicy and bold with blueberry, blackberry and black currant flavors in the mouth, creamy and rich at points yet also very heady and sharp and quite hot. Read More

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  • No sooner than the Fedex driver dropped off our fall Bedrock allocation their ... Valley  (x2)2017 Esola Zinfandel Amador County  (x2)2017 Evangelho Heritage Red Contra Costa County  (x2)2017 Judge Sauvignon Blanc Bennett Valley  (x2)2017 Old Vine Zinfandel California  (x5)2017 Wirz Vineyard Old Vine Riesling Cienega Valley (x2) &nbs Read More

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  • Received these today:The acclaimed 2016 Limerick Lane RRV Zinfandel Read More

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  • Don't be shy now... I don't always drink classified growths, the best boutique wines of California, Washington or Oregon or even fine Champagne every night.  Price is part of the equation, I suppose, but "rightness" or "fit" seems more apropos.  A modest Riesling, a Viognier from Provence, or a good quality (but modestly priced) A. C. Bordeaux w... Read More

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  • Gnarly Head Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel 2014


    The Gnarly Head (Lodi, CA) Zinfandel is typical of its Central Valley provenance; there is a soft vanilla-cherry nose with a hint of evergreen (cedar or cypress), and entry is slightly sweetish with a ton of blueberry or bilberry on the palate, a short finish but decent balance with little heat (despite the 15% alcohol by volume.) and touch of c... Read More

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  • Participated in a wonderful Zinfandel tasting event tonight.  I poured this and was very pleased.Really a great QPR value.  Smooth with briary blackberry, red plum and plenty of pepper, moderate tannins and good acidity. Read More

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  • Five Glasses!  High praise, indeed, Duncan.  You have access to so ... A bit of dustiness.  A Zinfandel-appropriate level of "rusticity."  Tannins are, pretty much, settled down.  This is the first wine that I have ever had from this maker.  Obviously, I have been missing out.&nbs Read More

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  • Valdez Family Winery Zinfandel Rockpile Botticelli Vineyard 2011


    Something of a barnyard nose, but, thankfully, that does not seem to translate on the taste buds. Very pleasant plum and berry flavor on entryslightly tart. Some dustiness. Some wood. Nice big, mouth-filling wine. Very moderate tannins still hanging around. Read More

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