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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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  • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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    • WE90
    • WS90
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  • Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from California
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    • RP92
    • V90
    • WS90
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  • Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Zinfandel 2018 Front Bottle Shot
    Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
    • WE91
    • WW90
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  • Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
    • RP94
    • JD94
    • WS93
    • WW90
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  • Turley Juvenile Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Turley Juvenile Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from California
    • WW93
    4.2 38 Ratings
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  • The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from California
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    • Rombauer California Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
      Rombauer California Zinfandel 2017
      Zinfandel from California
      • WW90
      • TP90
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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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    • Rombauer California Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2017 Front Label
      Rombauer California Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2017
      Zinfandel from California
      • WW90
      • TP90
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    • Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
      Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel 2018
      Zinfandel from Lake County, North Coast, California
      • WW89
      4.5 30 Ratings
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    • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
      Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Zinfandel 2017
      Zinfandel from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
      • WW89
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    • Chateau Montelena Estate Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
      Chateau Montelena Estate Zinfandel 2015
      Zinfandel from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
        4.2 21 Ratings
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      • Predator Old Vine Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
        Predator Old Vine Zinfandel 2018
        Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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        • Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
          Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel 2017
          Zinfandel from California
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          • Shannon Ridge High Elevation Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
            Shannon Ridge High Elevation Zinfandel 2018
            Zinfandel from Lake County, North Coast, California
            • WW89
            4.0 65 Ratings
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          • Klinker Brick Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
            Klinker Brick Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel 2016
            Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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            • Mauritson Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
              Mauritson Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2017
              Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
              • WE93
              • RP92
              • CG91
              • WW91
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            • Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
              Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel 2017
              Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
              • WW92
              • WE89
              4.2 13 Ratings
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            • OZV Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
              OZV Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
              Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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              • The Federalist Lodi Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                The Federalist Lodi Zinfandel 2017
                Zinfandel from Lodi, California
                • W&S90
                3.9 25 Ratings
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              • Old Soul Vineyards Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                Old Soul Vineyards Zinfandel 2017
                Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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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 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
                    Ridge Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 2016
                    Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
                    • V94
                    • RP93
                    • JS93
                    • JD93
                    • WS91
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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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                    • 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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