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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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    • Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Zinfandel 2018 Front Label
      Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Zinfandel 2018
      Zinfandel from Mendocino, 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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    • Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
      Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2018
      Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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    • Leese-Fitch Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
      Leese-Fitch Zinfandel 2016
      Zinfandel from California
      • WW89
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    • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
      Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2018
      Zinfandel from 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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      • Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
        Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2015
        Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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      • Quivira Black Boar Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
        Quivira Black Boar Zinfandel 2016
        Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, 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
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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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        • Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
          Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2014
          Zinfandel from Napa Valley, 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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          • Hullabaloo Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
            Hullabaloo 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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              • Acre Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                Acre Zinfandel 2017
                Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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              • Three Wine Company Old Vines Zinfandel 2018
                Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, 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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                • 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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                • 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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                • Menage a Trois Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                  Menage a Trois Zinfandel 2018
                  Zinfandel from Lodi, 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
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                  • Eberle Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                    Eberle Zinfandel 2018
                    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                    • Martinelli Vellutini Ranch Zinfandel 2018
                      Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                      • Williams Selyem Saitone Estate Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                        Williams Selyem Saitone Estate Zinfandel 2017
                        Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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