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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.

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 quakity 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.

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 Ceasar 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.

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  • Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, 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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  • Rombauer California Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Rombauer California Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from California
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    • Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
      Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken Zinfandel 2018
      Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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    • Murphy-Goode Liar's Dice Zinfandel 2015  Front Label
      Murphy-Goode Liar's Dice Zinfandel 2015
      Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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      • Oakville Winery Estate Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
        Oakville Winery Estate Zinfandel 2018
        Zinfandel from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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      • Titus Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
        Titus Zinfandel 2018
        Zinfandel from California
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        • Tortoise Creek The Chelonian Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
          Tortoise Creek The Chelonian Zinfandel 2018
          Zinfandel from Lodi, California
          • WW90
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        • GEN5 Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
          GEN5 Zinfandel 2017
          Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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          • Day Sonoma Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
            Day Sonoma Zinfandel 2017
            Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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          • Michael Pozzan Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
            Michael Pozzan Zinfandel 2018
            Zinfandel from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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            • Day El Diablo Vineyard Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
              Day El Diablo Vineyard Zinfandel 2015
              Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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            • Grayson Cellars Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
              Grayson Cellars Zinfandel 2018
              Zinfandel from California
              • WE88
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            • Hendry HRW Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
              Hendry HRW Zinfandel 2018
              Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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              • Eberle Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                Eberle Zinfandel 2018
                Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, 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
                  • WW90
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                • Acre Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                  Acre Zinfandel 2017
                  Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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                • Ghost Block Pelissa Vineyard Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                  Ghost Block Pelissa Vineyard Zinfandel 2018
                  Zinfandel from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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