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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 was born in Croatia and later 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.

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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  • Plungerhead Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Plungerhead Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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    • Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
      Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2018
      Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
      Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2018
      Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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    • Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
      Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2018
      Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
      • TP91
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    • Opaque Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
      Opaque Zinfandel 2015
      Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
      • WE90
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    • Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel 2015  Front Label
      Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel 2015
      Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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    • Scherrer Winery Scherrer Vineyard Old & Mature Vines Zinfandel 2015  Front Label
      Scherrer Winery Scherrer Vineyard Old & Mature Vines Zinfandel 2015
      Zinfandel from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
      • WS90
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    • Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
      Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Zinfandel 2017
      Zinfandel from California
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      • Leese-Fitch Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
        Leese-Fitch Zinfandel 2016
        Zinfandel from California
        • WW89
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      • Dashe Vineyard Select Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
        Dashe Vineyard Select Zinfandel 2018
        Zinfandel from California
        • WE92
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      • Michael David Winery Lust Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
        Michael David Winery Lust Zinfandel 2016
        Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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        • 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
          7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel 2017
          Zinfandel from Lodi, California
          • TP91
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        • The Federalist Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
          The Federalist Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2018
          Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • Decoy Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
            Decoy Zinfandel 2017
            Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
            • TP90
            • WE90
            • WW89
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          • Three Wine Company Old Vines Zinfandel 2018
            Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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            • Girard Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
              Girard Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
              Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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              • Kenwood Sonoma Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
                Kenwood Sonoma Zinfandel 2016
                Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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                • Novy Russian River Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
                  Novy Russian River Zinfandel 2016
                  Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
                  • WS91
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                • Acre Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                  Acre Zinfandel 2017
                  Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
                  • WE90
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                • Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Whiplash Lodi Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                  Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Whiplash Lodi Zinfandel 2018
                  Zinfandel from Lodi, California
                  • WE90
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                • Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
                  Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2014
                  Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
                  • W&S92
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                • The Federalist Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
                  The Federalist Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel 2016
                  Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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                  • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2017 Front Label
                    Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2017
                    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
                    • WS91
                    • WE91
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                  • Dancing Bull Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                    Dancing Bull Zinfandel 2017
                    Zinfandel from California
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                    • Williams Selyem Fanucchi-Wood Road Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
                      Williams Selyem Fanucchi-Wood Road Zinfandel 2017
                      Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
                      • WE95
                      • RP92
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