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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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  • Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Zinfandel 2018 Front Label
    Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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  • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from California
    • WW92
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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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  • Plungerhead Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Plungerhead Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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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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      • Zinfandelic Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
        Zinfandelic Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel 2016
        Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
        • WW89
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      • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
        Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2018
        Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
        • WS91
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        • WE90
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      • Hartford Russian River Old Vine Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
        Hartford Russian River Old Vine Zinfandel 2018
        Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
        • WE93
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        • RP91
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      • Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
        Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2018
        Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
        • TP92
        • JD91
        • WS90
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      • Martinelli Lolita Ranch Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
        Martinelli Lolita Ranch Zinfandel 2018
        Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        • Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
          Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel 2016
          Zinfandel from Lodi, California
          • WE90
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        • Three Wine Company Old Vines Zinfandel 2018
          Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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          • Seghesio Rockpile Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
            Seghesio Rockpile Zinfandel 2016
            Zinfandel from Rockpile, Sonoma County, California
            • WS94
            • JD94
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          • Martinelli Vellutini Ranch Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
            Martinelli Vellutini Ranch Zinfandel 2018
            Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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            • GEN5 Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
              GEN5 Zinfandel 2017
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              • Renwood Winery Premier Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                Renwood Winery Premier Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
                Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
                • WE90
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              • Ridge East Bench Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                Ridge East Bench Zinfandel 2018
                Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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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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                • OZV Old Vine Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                  OZV Old Vine Zinfandel 2018
                  Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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                  • Amapola Creek Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
                    Amapola Creek Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
                    Zinfandel from Moon Mountain District, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
                    • RP94
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                  • Zin-Phomaniac Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                    Zin-Phomaniac Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
                    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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                    • Opaque Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
                      Opaque Zinfandel 2015
                      Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                    • The Great American Wine Company by Rosenblum Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
                      The Great American Wine Company by Rosenblum Zinfandel 2016
                      Zinfandel from California
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