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Zinfandel

Unapologetically powerful, heady, and fruit-forward...

Unapologetically powerful, heady, and fruit-forward, Zinfandel is often thought of as a truly Californian grape, though in fact it is anything but. This variety has followed an intriguing trajectory to reach its adoptive home, beginning, surprisingly, in Croatia. Originally known as Tribidrag, it first made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. From there it eventually migrated to what is now unarguably its most successful outpost, in California, and has thrived throughout the state. Of course, this is also the grape of White Zinfandel, a sweet pink wine that enjoyed great popularity in the 1980s and 90s. Though White Zin still has a significant following, today the variety is increasingly associated with the red version.

In the Glass

Zinfandel commonly features a bold, plush texture and notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, black pepper, dark chocolate, leather, and licorice, and can often be described as “jammy” and a little bit sweet. Very ripe examples may express a hint of dried fruit like raisin, fig, or prune. Despite its significant alcohol and weight, Zinfandel has very smooth, gentle tannins.

Perfect Pairings

Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs, or anything barbecued. If care is taken with regards to alcohol levels, Zinfandel’s hint of sweetness can work well with milder Indian-spiced dishes like lamb curry.

Sommelier Secret

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 vines tend to produce wine that is concentrated, complex, and elegant.

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    Zinfandel from High Valley, Lake County, North Coast, California
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  • Sivas-Sonoma Old Vine Zinfandel 2013
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  • Cosentino Cigar Old Vine Zinfandel 2015
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  • Paul Dolan Vineyards Zinfandel 2015
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  • Andis Estate Zinfandel 2013
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  • Field Recordings Old Potrero Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Arroyo Grande Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel 2014
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  • Bodkin The Hill and The Vale Zinfandel 2014
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  • Murphy-Goode Liar's Dice Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Bonterra Organically Grown Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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  • Michael David Winery 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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  • Castoro Cellars Zinfusion Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2015
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  • St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2014
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  • Sebastiani Sonoma County Zinfandel 2013
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  • Steele Pacini Zinfandel 2013
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  • Four Vines Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2014
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  • Ravenswood Napa Valley Old Vine Zinfandel 2014
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  • Easton Amador County Zinfandel 2013
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  • The Fableist Zinfandel 2016
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  • Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2013
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