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Unapologetically bold, spice-driven and jammy, Zinfandel is often thought of as California’s flagship grape. In fact it owns this title by having the ability to adapt to the states’ many microclimates and landscapes, producing unique expressions of the grape throughout. Zinfandel thrives in California’s Central Coast, as well throughout Sonoma County, parts of Napa Valley, the Sierra Foothills, Lodi and Paso Robles. Small quantities of Zinfandel grapes grow in countries as disparate as Mexico, Israel, South Africa, Canada, and Australia. Washington and Oregon produce Zinfandel grapes as well. In Croatia, production increased dramatically in 2001 once the news hit of the connection with Zinfandel grapes and Primitivo. From an early discovery of 22 vines, there are now more than 200,000. In Puglia about 10,000 acres exist. In California, Zinfandel is the second most-planted red grape, after Cabernet Sauvignon, with more than 50,000 acres, and it has been around since the 1850’s at least.

Zinfandel History

Zinfandel's story begins in Croatia in the 1400s when it went by the names, Tribidrag or Crljenak Kaštelanski. In the 1700s, it made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. The astute imperial nursery of Vienna collected specimens of the vine and acted as the source of its journey to New England, carried by George Gibbs circa 1829. Eventually, making its way to California around the Gold Rush of 1849, Zinfandel found its new home, parading the true American spirit. The modern spelling of Zinfandel first appeared in 1852 and became standard about a decade later.

Tasting Notes for Zinfandel

Zinfandel is a dry red wine, though typically forward in fruit. Notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, dark chocolate and licorice are common. Very ripe examples may express a dried fruit quality like fig or prune. But Zinfandel grown in cooler, coastal zones often shows red fruit, black pepper and fresh herbal characteristics like juniper and menthol. California versions often show blueberry, raspberry, boysenberry, and peach yogurt flavors. Pepper, spice and a brambly character commonly make an appearance as well.

Perfect Food Pairings for Zinfandel

Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs or anything barbecued. More delicate Zins work with pork, lamb curry and even Caesar Salad or Salad Nicoise.

Sommelier Secrets for Zinfandel

Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding, ancient vines tend to produce wine that is deeply concentrated, delicately perfumed and decidedly complex. Old to very old Zinfandel grape vines are prized, even though they produce smaller amounts of fruit. The wines made from such gnarly old stumps are avidly sought after. Whatever you call it, Zinfandel is a wine worth exploring.

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  • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2020  Front Label
    Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2020
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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    • Rombauer California Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      Rombauer California Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from California
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    • Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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    • St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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      • Limerick Lane Russian River Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
        Limerick Lane Russian River Zinfandel 2019
        Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • Scott Harvey InZINerator Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
        Scott Harvey InZINerator Zinfandel 2018
        Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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        • WW90
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      • Acre Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
        Acre Zinfandel 2018
        Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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        • Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2020  Front Label
          Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2020
          Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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          • Shannon Ridge High Elevation Zinfandel 2020  Front Label
            Shannon Ridge High Elevation Zinfandel 2020
            Zinfandel from Lake County, North Coast, California
            • WE92
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          • Three Wine Company Red Label Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
            Three Wine Company Red Label Zinfandel 2019
            Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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            • Rombauer California Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
              Rombauer California Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2019
              Zinfandel from California
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            • Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
              Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel 2019
              Zinfandel from Lake County, North Coast, California
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              • Klinker Brick Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
                Klinker Brick Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel 2019
                Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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                • Predator Old Vine Zinfandel 2020  Front Label
                  Predator Old Vine Zinfandel 2020
                  Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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                  • Rombauer El Dorado Twin Rivers Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
                    Rombauer El Dorado Twin Rivers Zinfandel 2019
                    Zinfandel from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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                    • WW90
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                  • Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
                    Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2017
                    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Hook and Ladder Estate Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                    Hook and Ladder Estate Zinfandel 2018
                    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                    • Andis Painted Fields Old Vine Zinfandel 2020  Front Label
                      Andis Painted Fields Old Vine Zinfandel 2020
                      Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                      • Cline Live Oak Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                        Cline Live Oak Zinfandel 2018
                        Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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                        • Scott Harvey Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                          Scott Harvey Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel 2018
                          Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                        • McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2020  Front Label
                          McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2020
                          Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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                          • BACA Double Dutch Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
                            BACA Double Dutch Zinfandel 2019
                            Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                          • Robert Biale Vineyards R.W. Moore Vineyard Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
                            Robert Biale Vineyards R.W. Moore Vineyard Zinfandel 2019
                            Zinfandel from Coombsville, Napa Valley, California
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                          • Barra of Mendocino Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                            Barra of Mendocino Zinfandel 2018
                            Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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                          • Boneshaker Old Vine Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
                            Boneshaker Old Vine Zinfandel 2019
                            Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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