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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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  • Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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  • Mount Peak Rattlesnake Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Mount Peak Rattlesnake Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Carnivor Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    Carnivor Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from California
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    • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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    • Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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    • BACA Cat's Cradle Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
      BACA Cat's Cradle Zinfandel 2018
      Zinfandel from Rockpile, Sonoma County, 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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      • Predator Old Vine Zinfandel 2020  Front Label
        Predator Old Vine Zinfandel 2020
        Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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        • Parducci Small Lot Zinfandel 2020  Front Label
          Parducci Small Lot Zinfandel 2020
          Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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          • Zinfandelic Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
            Zinfandelic Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
            Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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          • Amapola Creek Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
            Amapola Creek Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2016
            Zinfandel from Moon Mountain District, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • Murphy-Goode Liar's Dice Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
            Murphy-Goode Liar's Dice Zinfandel 2016
            Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
            • WW89
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          • The Federalist Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
            The Federalist Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel 2017
            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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              • Buehler Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
                Buehler Zinfandel 2019
                Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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                • Martinelli Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel 2020  Front Label
                  Martinelli Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel 2020
                  Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                  • Michael David Winery Earthquake Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
                    Michael David Winery Earthquake Zinfandel 2019
                    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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                    • Hendry Block 7 and 22 Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                      Hendry Block 7 and 22 Zinfandel 2017
                      Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Radio-Coteau Lemorel Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                      Radio-Coteau Lemorel Zinfandel 2018
                      Zinfandel from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                    • Lapis Luna Zinfandel 2020  Front Label
                      Lapis Luna Zinfandel 2020
                      Zinfandel from North Coast, California
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                      • Ghost Block Pelissa Vineyard Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
                        Ghost Block Pelissa Vineyard Zinfandel 2019
                        Zinfandel from Oakville, Napa Valley, 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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                          • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                            Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Zinfandel 2018
                            Zinfandel from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                          • Storybook Mountain Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                            Storybook Mountain Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2018
                            Zinfandel from Napa Valley, 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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                            4.7 8 Ratings
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